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Canada requests MK 54 lightweight torpedoes

21st May 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US State Department has made a determination approving a potential foreign military sale of MK 54 lightweight torpedoes to Canada, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 17 May.

In a package worth $387 million, Canada has requested 425 MK 54 lightweight torpedo conversion kits. Also included are torpedo containers, recoverable exercise torpedoes with containers, fleet exercise section and fuel tanks, air launch accessories for fixed wing, torpedo spare parts, training, support and programme support.

Canada intends to upgrade its current inventory of MK 46 torpedoes to the MK 54 with the purchase of these kits.

Canada plans to deploy the torpedoes on the Halifax class ships, the CP-140 Aurora aircraft and the CH-148 maritime helicopters. 

If the sale goes ahead, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems will be the prime contractor.

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