EMCORE has received a contract from Raytheon Technologies for the delivery of SDI500 Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) for the MK 54 lightweight torpedo programme.

As per the $3.6m contract, the company will deliver the units by September next year.

The MK 54 is an advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) torpedo designed and developed by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in partnership with the US Navy.

The torpedo is used in both deep and shallow waters, as well as in acoustic environments.

It is capable of tracking, classifying and attacking underwater targets and is designed for launch from surface ships, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters.

The torpedo can be released from surface ships, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters in deep and shallow waters, as well as different acoustic environments.

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It uses processing algorithms to analyse the data, remove false targets or countermeasures, and then engage with identified threats.

EMCORE’s Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) SDI500 IMU is compact and offers tactical level performance with a bia stability of <1º / hour in a temperature range with 0.02º/√hr angle random walk and 1mg accelerometer bias performance.

The module can provide guidance and control of the torpedo during water manoeuvres, as well as improve cost-effectiveness, decrease obsolete failures, and increase the reliability of Raytheon and its customers.

EMCORE Sales and Marketing director David Hoyh said: “We have a long, proud history supporting Raytheon’s important defense programs at EMCORE, and previously at Systron Donner Inertial. Raytheon played a big part in helping Systron deliver 5,000 SDI500 tactical grade IMUs to customers globally.

“EMCORE’s mission for its innovative and growing line of tactical grade products is to deliver superior inertial bias and noise performance under environmental conditions with smaller, lighter, more reliable and cost-effective product solutions than traditional tactical grade technologies or competitors.”