India to buy Raytheon MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes
The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of India of 16 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes (LWT); 3 MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes (MK 54 LWT Kit procurement required); and related equipment for an estimated cost of $63 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on 13 April.
The Government of India has requested to buy sixteen 16 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes (LWT); and 3 MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes (MK 54 LWT Kit procurement required). Also included are MK 54 spare parts; torpedo containers; 2 Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers; Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks built into MK 54 LWT Kits (above); air-launch accessories for fixed-wing; spare parts; training, publications; support and test equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated program cost is $63 million. The principal contractor will be Raytheon Integrated Defense System.
The MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo will provide the capability to conduct anti-submarine warfare missions. India intends to utilize MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes on its Boeing P-8I Poseidon aircraft.