Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $18.6 million contract for the production of MK54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo array kits for the US Navy and UK.
The contract also includes production support material, and related engineering and hardware repair services for upgrade of Navy LWTs, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Tuesday.
It was confirmed last year that British P-8 Poseidon aircraft will operate with American rather than British weapons for the time being.
The move has been welcomed by many as the cost of bringing the aircraft into service in the UK will now be lower, it is fully expected that British weapons will eventually be integrated in the future.
The contract announcement reads as follows:
“Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Annapolis, Maryland, is being awarded an $18,608,828 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-6412) to exercise option year four for the production of MK54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo (LWT) array kits, production support material, and related engineering and hardware repair services for upgrade of Navy LWTs.
This contract combines purchases for the Navy (84 percent); the governments of the United Kingdom (11 percent); and Thailand (5 percent), under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in Lititz, Pennsylvania (40 percent); Annapolis, Maryland (30 percent); and Salt Lake City, Utah (30 percent), and is expected to be completed by November 2020.
Fiscal 2017 weapons procurement (Navy); and foreign military sales funding in the amount of $18,608,828 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.”
This contract combines purchases for the US Navy, the governments of the United Kingdom and Thailand, under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. Work is expected to be completed by November 2020.
In March 2016, the US State Department approved a proposed Foreign Military Sale to the UK for up to nine P-8 aircraft and associated support, at an estimated cost of $3.2 billion. The Royal Air Force plans to operate the P-8 with US weapons initially and possibly transition to British weapons later. It is unclear whether the UK will have access to future ground-surveillance capabilities being developed for the P-8 but many expect it will.
The UK government has revealed that a recent contract includes the purchase of unspecified US weapons, sonar buoys and “other consumables”.
According to the contract announcement released by the Department of Defense in the US:
“The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded a $68,409,026 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-0067).
This modification provides for long-lead parts and efforts associated with the manufacture of two full-rate production 4 Lot 8 P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft for the government of United Kingdom under the Foreign Military Sales program.
Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington (82.6 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (6.2 percent); Greenlawn, New York (4.2 percent); North Amityville, New York (3.5 percent); and Cambridge, United Kingdom (3.5 percent), and is expected to be complete by July 2017.”