Raytheon to provide torpedo integration for Turkish Navy ATR-72-600ASW
maritime patrol aircraft
Raytheon Company will serve as weapons integrator for Italian aircraft
manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi, providing 31 months of engineering services
support for integration of MK 54 and MK 46 torpedoes onto the Alenia
Aermacchi ATR-72-600ASW maritime patrol aircraft.
received a $5.7 million contract to support Alenia Aermacchi's test,
integration and qualification for the external carriage and tactical
employment of the lightweight torpedoes. Alenia Aermacchi is the prime
contractor on the Meltem III contract under which it is obligated to
provide ATR-72-600ASW aircraft to the Turkish Navy.
Raytheon MK 54 (top) and MK 48 (bottom) torpedoes
international partnership takes advantage of Raytheon's deep knowledge
of aircraft weapons integration, including the Raytheon-designed MK 54
and MK 46 torpedoes," said Dr. Thomas R. Bussing, vice president
of Advanced Missile Systems at Raytheon Missile Systems. "Raytheon
engineers are known worldwide for their expertise and will strive to be
valuable team members on this co-development effort."
The MK 54 and MK 46 can be deployed from a surface ship, helicopter or
fixed wing aircraft to track, classify and attack underwater targets.
The ATR-72-600ASW is designed for patrolling, rescue, sea and coastline
protection from security and environmental threats.