BAe Systems has been awarded a £441
million ($700 million) contract to supply the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy with the next
generation lightweight torpedo Sting Ray Mod 1.
current lightweight torpedo Sting Ray was designed and produced in the 1980s.
Sting Ray is the main anti-submarine weapon carried by the British Aircraft and
Development contract of Sting Ray Mod 1 was awarded to BAe Systems in 1996 to
extend weapon's operational life. This program successfully has achieved all of
its goals with a new torpedo design implementing cutting edge technology to
provide a level of weapon performance capable of defeating the most
sophisticated submarines across the world's oceans.
A key feature of the new Mod 1 torpedo is its new digital homing, guidance and
control systems. This feature enables the Sting Ray Mod 1 torpedo to operate in
Sting Ray Mod 1 program also calls for the conversion of existing Sting Ray
torpedoes to the new Mod 1 standard.
Sting Ray Mod 1 is scheduled to enter operational service in 2006. This torpedo
will not require any major maintenance activity for more than 20 years. BAe
Systems aims an excellent competitive position in the international/export
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