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Northrop wins US Navy torpedo arrays contract

11th July 2017 - 03:07 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Northrop Grumman has received a contract worth $9.6 million from the US Navy to produce 45 Transducer Array/Nose Shell Assemblies for the MK 48 heavyweight torpedo, the company announced on 6 July.

The contract also includes three additional options for 45 units each over five years. Orders for spare parts and engineering support services are also included in the contract.

The MK 48 is the main offensive weapon used on all US Navy submarines. The Transducer Array is the main sensor used to acoustically detect, locate and guide the torpedo to target.

Alan Lytle, VP, undersea systems business unit, Northrop Grumman, said: ‘Northrop Grumman has a long legacy of torpedo production and we are proud to partner with the US Navy to ensure the viability of the MK 48 torpedo for years to come.

‘Between the new MK 48 contract and our existing production of the MK 54 torpedo arrays, we are honoured to provide the US Navy with affordable and reliable torpedo components and look forward to future opportunities for design and production of advanced, next generation torpedoes for the fleet.’

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