The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of MK 54 lightweight torpedoes with support to Canada under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program for an estimated cost of $387 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 16, 2019. DSCA, as part of the U.S. Department of Defense, provides financial and technical assistance, transfer of defense matériel, training and services to allies, and promotes military-to-military contacts.
The Government of Canada has requested to buy 425 MK 54 lightweight torpedo conversion kits. Also included are torpedo containers, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers, Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks, 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 Government of Canada is expected to negotiate an offset agreement with Raytheon, in accordance with Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, before signing the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA), said a DSCA statement.
Canada intends to upgrade its current inventory of MK 46 torpedoes to the MK 54 with the purchase of these kits. The MK 54 torpedo is designed to be easily upgraded from the existing MK 46 torpedo. Canada plans to utilize MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes on its Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)’s Halifax class frigates, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)’s CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft, and the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters.
The principal contractor for the MK 54 Torpedo is Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island.