MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo Enters Full Rate Production


Released on Tuesday, October 26, 2004
United States of America
Mark 46
Mark 50
Mark 54
IOC - Initial Operational Capability
LHT - Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo
The Raytheon company has announced that the MK54 lightweight torpedo has officially entered full rate production following successful technical and operational evaluations and the US Navy's authorization of initial operational capability (IOC) for introduction to the fleet.

The Mark 54 torpedo is the result of close cooperation between the US Navy and Raytheon to develop the next generation anti-submarine warfare weapon deployable from surface ships, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. MK 54 is enabled to track, identify, classify and attack underwater targets such as submarines using sophisticated processing algorithms.

Warfare scenarios suitable for the MK54 torpedo include both deep water or open ocean and littoral environments, making it the only lightweight torpedo capable of striking any target in the world's oceans, regardless of water depth.

As of October 2004, Raytheon is under a potential $500 million contract awarded in June this year to produce 51 MK54 lightweight torpedoes as well as associated services. Work will be performed at Raytheon's Torpedo and Readiness Center at US Naval base in Keyport, Washington, and at the Naval Integration Center in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

The MK54 lightweight torpedo is an affordable weapon intended to replace the aging MK46 and MK50 torpedoes which have demonstrated to be ineffective and expensive by modern standards. MK54 was developed under the US Navy's Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo (LHT) program.

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