Mark 54 MAKO Lightweight Torpedo
|Mark 54 MAKO Lightweight Torpedo|
Mark 54 Torpedo aboard the USS Ross (DDG-71) in March 2008.
|Place of origin||United States of America|
|Used by|| United States Navy
Royal Australian Navy
|Weight||608 lb (276 kg)|
|Length||106.9 in (2.72 m)|
|Diameter||12.75 in (324 mm)|
|Warhead weight||96.8 lb (43.9 kg)|
|Blast yield||238lb TNT|
|Engine||reciprocating external combustion|
|Propellant||Otto II (liquid)|
|Speed||>40 kn (74.1 km/h; 46.0 mph)|
|Active or passive/active Acoustic homing|
|Mark 32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes, ASW Aircraft, RUM-139 VL-ASROC|
The Mark 54 was co-developed by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems and the U.S. Navy under the U.S. Navy's Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo program in response to perceived problems with the extant Mark 50 and Mark 46 torpedoes.
The older Mk 46, designed for open-ocean use, performed poorly in the littoral areas, where the Navy envisioned itself likely to operate in the future.
The Mk 54 was created by combining the homing and warhead portions of the Mk 50 and the propulsion unit of the Mk 46, improved for better performance in shallow water, and with the addition of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology to further reduce costs. It shares a lot of the software and computer hardware of the Mk48 ADCAP heavy torpedo, based around a custom PowerPC 603e chip.
Developmental testing began in July, 1999, and a successful critical design review was completed in November, 1999.
In April 2003, Raytheon was awarded a sole source contract for the production of the Mk 54. Full rate production began in October, 2004. In March 2010 the Fifth Fleet requested improvements in the Mk 54's performance against diesel-electric submarines via an Urgent Operational Need Statement (UONS). This led to a software Block Upgrade (BUG) program which began testing in August 2011 and which continues, having been criticised by the DOT&E for using unrealistic proxies for threat submarines.
The Mk 54 can be fired from surface ships via the Mark 32 surface vessel torpedo tubes or the vertical launch anti-submarine rocket (ASROC) systems, and also from most ASW aircraft, although they are slightly different lengths and weights. The P-8 Poseidon uses the High-Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapons Capability (HAAWWC) GPS-guided parachute kit to drop torpedoes from high altitude.
The Mark 54 is carried by the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. In October 2010, Australia ordered 200 more torpedoes. In June 2011, it was reported that India might buy 32 Mk 54 All-Up-Round Lightweight Torpedoes and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $86 million through U.S. government's Foreign Military Sales program.
- Sting Ray (torpedo) - British equivalent
- MU90 Impact - French equivalent
- APR-3E torpedo - Russian equivalent
- Yu-7 torpedo - Chinese equivalent
- "Senate Report 113-044 - NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014". Library of Congress. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 150 Mk 54 cost $125.898m in financial year 2014
- "Fact File: Mk54 Torpedo". US Navy. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-07.
- "Team Torpedo: US Firms Sell & Support MK48s and MK54s". Retrieved 2010-10-12.
- "US clears sale of anti-submarine torpedoes to Indian Navy".