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July 18, 2022

South Korea requests sale of MK 54 lightweight torpedoes from US

The MK 54 torpedoes will be used with South Korea’s MH-60R Seahawk naval helicopter.

The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of MK 54 lightweight torpedoes to South Korea.

The FMS has an estimated value of $130m, which includes delivery of related equipment.

Approved by the US State Department, the proposed sale includes 31 MK 54 all up round lightweight torpedoes along with recoverable exercise torpedo, storage and issue facility, torpedo containers, air launch accessories for rotary wing along with classified and unclassified torpedo spare parts.

In addition, the package includes torpedo support equipment and tools, torpedo support services, classified and unclassified books and other publications, exercise firing assistance, contract management, technical programme management, infrastructure support, test equipment sustainment and other technical assistance.

The US will also provide initial follow-on-technical support, return and repair support, torpedo training and other related elements of logistical and programme support.

In a statement, the DSCA said: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the US by improving the security of a major ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific region.”

According to the agency, the principal contractor for this FMS will be determined upon the contract award.

The latest potential FMS will enhance the capabilities of the Republic of Korea to meet existing and future threats by defending its homeland and the US personnel deployed there.

Once delivered, the MK 54 lightweight torpedoes are expected to be used with South Korea’s Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission maritime helicopter.

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