Spearfish and Sting Ray torpedoes are receiving a £230 million maintenance uplift as part of a new contract, say the Ministry of Defence.
The Torpedoes Repair and Maintenance (TRAM) contract will run for six years.
TRAM supersedes the Torpedo Capability Contract (TCC) with BAE Systems which ran for 10 years.
Spearfish torpedoes – which use sonar to home in on targets – are carried by the Royal Navy’s Astute class and Trafalgar class hunter-killer submarines and the nuclear deterrent Vanguard class to neutralise underwater and surface threats. While Sting Ray torpedoes are deployed on Anti-Submarine Warfare mission, including frigates, Merlin and Wildcat helicopters.
Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said:
“Our Royal Navy submarines require sophisticated defensive and offensive underwater weapons to deter a wide range of surface and subsurface threats. This £230 million investment is crucial in safeguarding the availability and effectiveness of these highly capable weapon systems whilst supporting skilled British jobs.”
Dr Brooke Hoskins, Director of Products and Training Services for BAE Systems Maritime Services said:
“BAE Systems’ teams have developed, manufactured, and supported the UK’s torpedoes since the 1970s. Torpedoes have a vital role in layered anti-submarine warfare. We are incredibly proud to continue delivering these critical support services to the Royal Navy through a combination of our agile and innovative forward thinking and our heritage and expertise.”
According to a Ministry of Defence statement:
“The contract will help guarantee the Royal Navy’s inventory of Spearfish Heavyweight and Sting Ray Lightweight torpedoes. A full suite of maintenance activity is also included. This support ranges from technical repair, provision of spares, stock management, logistics and trials support.”