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April 21, 2022

Curtiss-Wright to support US Navy’s MK54 and MK48 torpedo upgrade

The company will deliver processor modules and computers to Progeny’s facility in Virginia.

US-based Progeny Systems has selected Curtiss-Wright to provide modular open system approach (MOSA)-based electronics for the US Navy’s torpedo upgrade programme.

The lifetime value of the contract is approximately $70m.

Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will provide MOSA-based digital signal processor modules and rugged single board computers.

These electronics will support the upgrade of MK54 and MK48 torpedo systems.

Curtiss-Wright president and CEO Lynn Bamford said: “We are very proud to have been selected by Progeny to provide our rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies to support the upgrade of the US Navy’s MK54 and MK48 torpedoes.

“Curtiss-Wright’s selection on this upgrade programme is another recent example of how our technology leadership in MOSA-based rugged COTS modules is helping to modernise military platforms rapidly and cost-effectively with open-standards solutions.”

According to Curtiss-Wright, the processor modules and other equipment under the contract are being transported to Progeny’s facility in Manassas, Virginia and Charleroi, Pennsylvania, US.

The lightweight torpedo, MK 54, is an aircraft and surface ship launched anti-submarine weapon.

This missile incorporates hardware and software features from MK 46 and Mk 50 torpedoes, along with COTS technology.

The MK 48 is a heavyweight torpedo that features digital fusing systems, digital guidance, and control systems.

In addition, software upgrades to the weapon’s digital guidance system enables it to counter growing threats.

It can be integrated into various submarines to combat both surface vessels and underwater nuclear submarines.

In 2021, the US Navy awarded a contract to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to deliver fuel tanks for MK48 torpedo.

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