Australia seeks MK 54 Torpedoes for MH-60R helicopters
The Australian Department of Defence has expressed interest in acquiring 100 MK 54 All-Up-Round Torpedoes from the US government in a possible foreign military sale (FMS). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified US congress of the request on 1 July.
If it goes ahead the FMS will have an estimated cost of $83 million, and will include associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support. The Australian military will use the MK 54 torpedo on its MH-60R helicopters and intends to use the torpedo on a planned purchase of the P-8A Increment 2 Maritime Patrol and Response aircraft, which currently has MK 54 torpedoes in its inventory.
In detail, the request includes 100 MK 54 All-Up-Round Torpedoes, 13MK 54 Exercise Sections, 13MK 54 Exercise Fuel Tanks, 5 Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes, support and test equipment for maintenance facility upgrade to MK 695 Mod 1 capability, spare and repair parts, technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, US government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.
If given the go ahead, the principal contractor on the FMS will be Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in Keyport, Washington.
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