The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of MK 54 lightweight torpedo conversion kits to the Netherlands.
The potential sale has an estimated value of $169m and will include the delivery of 106 MK 54 conversion kits, along with torpedo containers, recoverable exercise torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers, fleet exercise sections (FESs) and fuel tanks.
The Netherlands has also requested the acquisition of air launch accessories for rotary-wing aircraft as part of deal, as well as torpedo launcher interface cabinets, ground handling equipment, torpedo spare parts, and other related pieces of support and test equipment.
Furthermore, the FMS will also cover the provision of US Government engineering, technical and logistics support services, in addition to other related elements of logistics and programme support.
The proposed FMS has been approved by the US State Department.
The Royal Netherlands Navy intends to upgrade and modernise its current MK 46 torpedoes to the advanced MK 54 version through the acquisition of the conversion kits.
Additionally, the proposed acquisition will help support the Netherlands’ foreign policy and national security objectives, while having no adverse effect on the readiness of the US defence forces.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems will serve as the primary contractor for the deal.
The MK 54 lightweight torpedoes are capable of being deployed from a surface vessel, helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft.
They can be used to track, classify and attack submarine threats in both deep and shallow waters, as well as in a range of acoustic environments.