HMS Sutherland Simulates Target for Spearfish Trials

The world’s “most advanced torpedo” is on the cusp of entering service with the Royal Navy after extensive trials in Scotland. The upgraded Spearfish – the principal weapon of the UK’s Submarine Flotilla against enemy ships and submarines – was ‘fired’ repeatedly at frigate HMS Sutherland as scientists, engineers and sailors study its performance. Over four days on special ranges…

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Finnish Navy fired the first torpedo from a Hamina-class missile boat

August 19, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Navy fired on Wednesday, August 19th. the first torpedo shooting with a TP45 torpedo in the Archipelago Sea borrowed from the Swedish Defense Materials Agency (FMV, Försvarets Materialverk). The shooting was carried out by the missile boat Tornio. This is the first time a torpedo has been launched from a Hamina-class missile boat…

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DSCA Approves MK54 Torpedo for Germany

July 9, 2020 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Germany of sixty-four (64) MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight torpedoes, ten (10) MK 54 Conversion Kits and related equipment for an estimated cost of $130 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of…

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Successful First Surface Ship and Submarine Firings of Saab Lightweight Torpedo

June 9, 2020 – Saab has together with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and Swedish Armed Forces conducted the first tests with the Saab Lightweight Torpedo (SLWT) from a corvette and a submarine. The tests are the first of its kind for the new torpedo and were undertaken during February and March 2020 at sea ranges outside Karlskrona, on…

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SAIC Wins Contract for Heavyweight and Lightweight Torpedo Testing Services for U.S. Navy

June 2, 2020 – The U.S. Navy awarded Science Applications International Corp. a prime contract worth approximately $60 million to continue to provide mission engineering support by testing heavyweight and lightweight torpedoes for the Naval Sea Systems Command. “We look forward to continuing to support NUWC with testing of torpedoes and torpedo components over the next five years.” In support of…

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Northrop Grumman Builds Very Lightweight Torpedo for US Navy

May 21, 2020 – Northrop Grumman has successfully manufactured and tested the first industry-built Very Lightweight Torpedo (VLWT) for the U.S. Navy. The prototype torpedo is based on the Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory’s (PSU-ARL) design that was distributed to defense industrial manufacturers in 2016. Northrop Grumman, which independently funded the research and development, will offer the design-for-affordability improvements…

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DSCA Approves MK48 Torpedoes for Taiwan

May 20, 2020 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to TECRO of eighteen (18) MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology (AT) Heavy Weight Torpedoes (HWT) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $180 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. TECRO has requested…

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DSCA Approves Sale of MK54 ASW Torpedoes to India

April 13, 2020 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of India of sixteen (16) MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes (LWT); three (3) MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes (MK 54 LWT Kit procurement required); and related equipment for an estimated cost of $63 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency…

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