Lockheed contracts Ultra Electronics for MK 48 torpedo array nose assemblies

25 October 2016 (Last Updated October 25th, 2016 18:30)

Lockheed Martin has awarded a contract to Ultra Electronics’ Ocean Systems business for the non-recurring engineering production of the MK 48 torpedo array nose assembly.

Lockheed Martin has awarded a contract to Ultra Electronics’ Ocean Systems business for the non-recurring engineering production of the MK 48 torpedo array nose assembly.

Under the $27m contract, which has options to extend the award for four more years, the company will also provide engineering services and spares.

Ultra chief executive Rakesh Sharma said: "I am pleased that Ultra has been awarded this contract.

“It reinforces Ultra's Ocean Systems position as a leader in the Undersea Warfare environment through the provision of highly complex acoustic products and capabilities to both the US Navy and international customers."

In May this year, Lockheed Martin was awarded a $425m contract by the US Navy to build and deliver fully integrated guidance and control systems for its MK 48 Mod 7 torpedoes.

"In May this year, Lockheed Martin was awarded a $425m contract by the US Navy to build and deliver fully integrated guidance and control systems for its MK 48 Mod 7 torpedoes."

The contract is a five-year effort to increase the inventory of the MK 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedoes for the US submarine fleet.

The Mk-48 is powered by a piston engine with twin, contra-rotating propellers in a pump jet or shrouded configuration. The engine uses a liquid monopropellant fuel, and the torpedo is equipped with a conventional, high-explosive warhead.

The torpedo is used as the primary anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) weapon by all classes of US Navy submarines.

It can be deployed against fast, deep-diving nuclear submarines and high-performance surface ships.


Image: MK 48 torpedo undergoing maintenance work. Photo: courtesy of US Navy - US DefenseImagery.