U.S. Approves FMS Sale of 64 MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes to Germany

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of 64 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight torpedoes to Germany for an estimated cost of $130 million.

The sale is being executed through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees FMS sales, delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 9.

The Government of Germany has requested to buy 64 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight torpedoes and 10 MK 54 Conversion Kits to be used with fleet exercise sections as MK 54 Exercise torpedoes. Also included are torpedo containers; Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers; Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks to be used with MK 54 conversion kits (procured as MDE); air launch accessories for fixed wing; torpedo spare parts; training, publications, support and test equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Integrated Defense System, Portsmouth, RI. The total estimated value is $130 million.

The proposed sale will improve Germany’s capability to meet current and future threats by upgrading the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities on German Navy’s P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

P-3C Orion German Navy
Lockheed P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) of the German Navy

According to a DSCA statement, this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a NATO Ally which is an important force for political and economic stability in Europe.

Mark 54 Lightweight Torpedo

The MK 54 can be deployed from a surface ship, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft to track, classify and attack underwater targets. It uses sophisticated processing algorithms to analyze the information, edit out false targets or countermeasures, and then pursue identified threats.

The MK 54 program leverages the most modern torpedo technologies from the U.S. Navy’s MK 50 and MK 48 ADCAP (advanced capability) programs. It also utilizes the proven MK 46 warhead and propulsion subsystems. The result is a low-cost weapon that meets all performance requirements for littoral warfare.

MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo
GULF OF OMAN (April 16, 2014) An exercise MK 54 Mod 0 Torpedo is launched from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)

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