What is Mark 54 Anti-Submarine Torpedo?

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Top government officials recently hinted that India is going to sign a weapons deal with the United States to buy American weapons, including Mark 54 anti-submarine torpedoes.

About Mark 54 Anti-Submarine Torpedo:

  • The MK 54 lightweight torpedo is the primary anti-submarine warfare weapon used by U.S. Navy surface ships, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
  • It was developed by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in collaboration with the US Navy.
  • It was previously known as Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo (LHT).
  • It is used in both deep and shallow waters, as well as in acoustic environments.
  • It is capable of tracking, classifying and attacking underwater targets.
  • Features:
    • The torpedo has a length of 2.71m, a diameter of 32.3cm and weight of 275.7kg.
    • The warhead carried by the weapon is high explosive and weighs 43.9kg.
    • It is powered by a reciprocating external combustion engine, which burns Otto II liquid fuel.
    • The propulsion system allows the torpedo to cruise at a speed of 74.1km per hour.
    • MK 54 torpedoes are equipped with processing algorithms that help them in detecting false targets or countermeasures and then hunt the identified threats. 


Q1) What is a Torpedo?

A torpedo is a type of missile or bomb fired underwater.Torpedoes are cigar-shaped projectiles that are used to attack other submarines or boats.

Source: India US to sign Rs 2400 crore deal for missiles, torpedoes for Indian Navy