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US Navy pushes ahead with bid to extend the range of its sub-killer torpedo | Defense News

US Navy pushes ahead with bid to extend the range of its sub-killer torpedo | Defense News

The U.S. Navy, aiming to make its attack submarines even more stealthy and lethal at extended ranges, took a big step forward with a contract announcement Tuesday.

The Office of Naval Research awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a contract that aims to increase the efficiency of the engine of its Mark 48 heavyweight torpedo, a weapon designed to kill deep-diving Soviet submarines and advanced surface ships, according to a release from the company

The award, worth $2.6 million, will go toward developing a prototype engine that gets more bang for the buck out of the Navy’s standard Otto fuel propellant. If awarded, the second phase of the program would integrate the engine into a full-scale propulsion system, the announcement said.

Source: US Navy pushes ahead with bid to extend the range of its sub-killer torpedo