Northtrop Grumman has been awarded a USD18.6 million contract to produce Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo array kits for operators of the weapon including Thailand, according to information published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 19 September.
The contract combines purchases for the US Navy (USN), the UK’s Royal Navy (RN), and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). About 5% of the contract value relates to materials and services that will be provided to the RTN under the US’ foreign military sales (FMS) programme, said the DoD.
According to Jane’s Weapons: Naval , the Mk 54 torpedo achieved initial operational capability (IOC) in March 2010 for deployments on surface ships, embarked helicopters, and the Orion P3C maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).
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