SAIC to deliver fuel tanks for US Navy’s MK48 heavyweight torpedo

24 February 2021 (Last Updated February 24th, 2021 16:48)

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has secured a firm-fixed-price contract from the US Navy to support its MK48 heavyweight torpedo.

SAIC to deliver fuel tanks for US Navy’s MK48 heavyweight torpedo
MK48 torpedo launch from a submarine. Credit: Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has secured a firm-fixed-price contract from the US Navy to support its MK48 heavyweight torpedo.

The $120m contract has an 18-month base period of performance. It comes with options to extend it for four additional years.

Under the contract, the company will offer engineering and support services to manufacture, test and deliver fuel tanks for the torpedo.

In addition, SAIC will provide the required facilities, resources, and management to fulfil the delivery of the MK48 heavyweight all-up-round exercise and war shot fuel tank configurations.

SAIC Defense & Civilian Sector president Bob Genter said: “SAIC is proud to expand our work on the MK48 heavyweight torpedo system for the US Navy.

“We are confident that our proven performance on the MK48 afterbody/tailcone programme will be mirrored in the fuel tank programme.”

SAAC will perform this work at its facilities in Indiana and Rhode Island.

The support services will be offered in support of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Keyport, Washington.

NUWC’s Keyport division is engaged in developing and applying advanced technical capabilities to test, evaluate, field and maintain undersea warfare systems and associated defence equipment.

SAIC Defense & Civilian Sector Naval Business Unit senior vice-president Josh Jackson said: “We pride ourselves on providing reliable, innovative solutions to support NUWC Keyport, and we look forward to expanding our work on the MK48 heavyweight torpedo over the next five years.”

SAIC currently produces afterbody/tailcone sections of the MK48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedo.

It also handles the testing and data collection for MK48 heavyweight torpedoes and MK54 lightweight torpedoes for the Naval Sea Systems Command in support of NUWC Division Newport.