A British prototype next-generation Spearfish heavyweight torpedo has successfully completed trials at a range on the west coast of Scotland it has been announced at DSEi.

The project was started in 2009 when an upgrade programme began, leading to further sophisticated advances in Spearfish’s homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link.

The Spearfish torpedo is the heavy torpedo used by the submarines of the Royal Navy. It can be guided by wire or by autonomous active or passive sonar, and provides both anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface ship warfare capability.

In 2014, the Ministry of Defence awarded BAE Systems a £270 million contract to upgrade the Spearfish torpedo. The upgrade includes a new insensitive-munition warhead from TDW, a change to the fuel system to improve safety, full digitisation of the weapon and a new fibre optic guidance link to improve performance. The upgraded torpedoes will enter service between 2020 and 2024.

Submarine-launched trials are planned to start next year. The upgraded torpedoes will enter service between 2020 and 2024.

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Stijn Van Damn
5 years ago

Now for some field testing in the South Atlantic 🙂 oh wait, the Argie fleet is to busy sinking in port to play along in that.

UK Defence Journal
5 years ago
Reply to  Stijn Van Damn

Thanks for the message, we do not however advocate starting wars based on nationalistic pride.

Stijn Van Damn
5 years ago
Reply to  Stijn Van Damn

UK Defence Journal well obviously not, that’s what the Argies do

UK Defence Journal
5 years ago
Reply to  Stijn Van Damn

Can you take the comments elsewhere?

Stijn Van Damn
5 years ago
Reply to  Stijn Van Damn

lighten up Francis

Jago Packer
5 years ago

Alasdair Macleod this is what you will have to dodge next year off Sand

James McCallum
James McCallum
5 years ago

How long before a super long range torpedo and as stealth? Can you guide that? Then email me and I can tell you!

John Stokes
John Stokes
1 year ago

As the retired senior AEUK engineer of the optical fibre upgrade from the copper solution I would like to know how this is now performing in seatrials?