In a move aimed at enhancing its anti-submarine warfare capabilities, the Government of Germany is set to acquire up to 80 MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes and associated equipment in a foreign military sale approved by the US State Department. 

The $300m (€299m) deal, certified by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, supports the foreign policy and national security interests of the United States and also reinforces Germany’s role as a NATO Ally, contributing to political and economic stability in Europe.

The package encompasses training, publications, support and test equipment, and US Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services. While Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, based in Portsmouth, RI, is predicted as the principal contractor.

The primary objective of this proposed sale is to upgrade Germany’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities on its P-8A aircraft, aligning with evolving threats in the region.

Last month, the German Bundestag’s Budget Committee allocated €1.1bn from the Bundeswehr special fund for three additional P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, enhancing maritime reconnaissance and submarine-hunting capabilities, with operational readiness targeted by the end of 2024.

The deal supports Germany’s broader defence strategy and contributes to the country’s readiness to address current and future threats. 

The RAF has also recently enhanced its Poseidon fleet by integrating the UK’s Sting Ray Mod 1 torpedo, addressing the increased activities of adversary navies and underwater threats in UK territories. 

The move aligns with global trends, with Boeing‘s P-8 Poseidon becoming a preferred choice for maritime patrolling needs worldwide, as seen in recent New Zealand and Canada acquisitions.