Mark 54 MAKO Lightweight Torpedo on Raytheon stand at Sea Air Space 2016
This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $448,737,790. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (98 percent) and the Government of Thailand (2 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program.
The MK 54
The MK 54 is the U.S. Navy's next-generation anti-submarine warfare (ASW) weapon deployed from surface ships, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to detect and attack underwater targets. Sophisticated processing algorithms allow the MK 54 to analyze the information, edit out false targets or countermeasures, and pursue identified threats. The MK 54 is designed for both deep water and littoral environments, making it the only lightweight torpedo capable of striking any underwater target in the world's oceans, regardless of water depth.
Integrated onboard the MH-60R maritime helicopter, the MK 54 is the primary weapon for the helicopter's ASW mission. Most recently, the U.S. Navy successfully launched the first MK 54 lightweight torpedo from the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The torpedo adds a critical capability to these long-range ASW, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, which will be capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations.
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