Thales Australia has a won a contract from the Australian Department of Defence to sustain the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) MU90 lightweight torpedo.

The $14.5m (A$20m) contract will see Thales Australia continue the maintenance of RAN’s advanced anti-submarine torpedoes in Western Australia (WA).

Australia Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price noted that the contract to sustain the MU90 lightweight torpedo reflects the government’s commitment towards providing continued support for the defence industry.

Price said: “This is yet another demonstration of the Morrison government’s commitment to building our sovereign defence capability.

“I am proud that Thales Australia has been awarded this contract to continue with the in-country, in-service support provided at its Rockingham facility in WA.

“Thales Australia is among many local defence businesses providing robust, secure domestic supply chains and high-tech jobs for working Australians.”

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The MU90 lightweight torpedo is a joint development between Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei (Italy, a Finmeccanica company), DCNS International, and Thales (France).

The RAN has been using the MU90 lightweight torpedo since 2013. Since then, Thales has been engaged in providing services to MU90 under support contracts.

Price added: “Thales is to be congratulated for again demonstrating the necessary skills and ability to provide this vital technical support.

“The Commonwealth assessed high quality, value-for-money sustainment options and found the best solution right here on home soil.”