The U.S. State Department has given the green light to a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes and associated equipment to the Government of Germany. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency officially notified Congress of the proposed sale, which is valued at an estimated $300 million.
Germany's request encompasses up to eighty (80) MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes (LWT), along with MK 54 Mod 0 LWT spare parts, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORPs) and containers, handling shapes and containers, torpedo spare parts, and tools for mounting and dismounting Air Launch Accessories (ALAs). The package also includes equipment for analyzing REXTORP exercise shots, REXTORP maintenance equipment, training materials, publications, and support and test equipment.
The proposed sale aims to enhance the foreign policy and national security of the United States by fortifying the security capabilities of Germany, a key NATO Ally and a crucial contributor to political and economic stability in Europe.
By upgrading Anti-Submarine Warfare capabilities on its P-8A aircraft, Germany is expected to better address current and future threats. The sale is anticipated to be seamlessly integrated into the German armed forces without encountering any difficulties.
The principal contractor for this transaction is Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
The estimated total program cost of $300 million includes U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, reinforcing the commitment to maintaining and advancing the security interests of both the United States and its NATO Allies.