The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Netherlands of 106 MK 54 conversion kits for an estimated cost of $169 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 31, 2018.
The Netherlands requests to buy one hundred six (106) MK 54 conversion kits. Also included are torpedo containers, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers; Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks; air launch accessories for rotary wing aircraft; torpedo launcher interface cabinets; ground handling equipment; 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.
A statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a NATO Ally, which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.
The Royal Netherlands Navy intends to upgrade its current MK 46 torpedoes to the MK 54 with the purchase of these new kits. Featuring many improved capabilities, the MK 54 is the next-generation of the MK 46 torpedo.
The principal contractor of the sale will be Raytheon Integrated Defense System, Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
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.