Ultra wins contract with US Navy to deliver MK 54 lightweight torpedoes

According to a press release published by Ultra, the firm has been awarded a $23,151,045 fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-6405 to exercise options for the production of MK54 MOD 0 lightweight torpedo (LWT) array kits, associated production support material, spares, and engineering and hardware support services.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 MK 54 lightweight torpedo (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

This contract combines purchases for the U.S. government, and the governments of the Netherlands, Belgium, New Zealand, Spain, and Brazil under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. This is option year three of the MK54 MOD 0 LWT array kits program to supply array nose assembly kits.

The MK 54 can be deployed from a surface ship, helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft to track, classify and attack underwater targets. It uses sophisticated processing algorithms to analyze the information, edit out false targets or countermeasures, and then pursue identified threats.

The MK 54 program leverages the most modern torpedo technologies from the U.S. Navy’s MK 50 and MK 48 ADCAP (advanced capability) programs. It also utilizes the proven MK 46 warhead and propulsion subsystems. The result is a low-cost weapon that meets all performance requirements for littoral warfare.