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MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes for Germany

US Sailors transport a MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo in preparation for mounting on an MH-60R Sea Hawk during a training exercise [US Navy: MSC2 Erica Bechard]

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible FMS to Germany of MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes.


DSCA Press Release, Washington DC, 07 December 2023: The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Germany of MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Germany has requested to buy up to eighty (80) MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes (LWT). Also included are MK 54 Mod 0 LWT spare parts; Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORPs) with containers; handling shapes and containers; torpedo spare parts; tools for mounting and dismounting of Air Launch Accessories (ALAs); equipment for analysis of REXTORP exercise shots; REXTORP maintenance equipment; training; publications; support and test equipment; US Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and programme support. The estimated total programme cost is $300 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a NATO Ally that is an important force for political and economic stability in Europe. The proposed sale will improve Germany’s capability to meet current and future threats by upgrading Anti-Submarine Warfare capabilities on its P-8A aircraft. Germany will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, RI. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional US Government or contractor representatives to Germany; however, US Government Engineering and Technical Services may be required on an interim basis for training and technical assistance. There will be no adverse impact on US defence readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

The description and dollar value are for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements. Actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded.


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