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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

LaBarge to support Raytheon torpedoes

U.S. company Raytheon has contracted electromechanical solutions provider LaBarge to deliver its torpedo harness technologies.
St. Louis-based LaBarge was selected by Raytheon to support the MK 48 and MK 54 torpedoes programs with its wiring harnesses. LaBarge says production on the $2.6 million contract will begin in January.
According to a news release, the MK 48 is a "heavyweight torpedo designed for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare … (and) the MK 54 is a lightweight torpedo that can be launched from surface ships, helicopters or planes to track, classify and destroy underwater targets in both deep and shallow water."
The contract, expected to last through December 2011, marks the first award for LaBarge to support the torpedoes programs (Upi news).

Additional Readings
  • Thanks to reader Gregory L. Bender, P.E. of Defense Holdings, Inc. for catching an (incorrect) reference to the Mk48’s use on surface ships. At present, they use smaller Mk46 and Mk50 torpedoes.