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Friday, September 18, 2015

Spearfish is more powerful

Spearfish heavyweight torpedoA prototype of the UK Royal Navy’s next-generation Spearfish heavyweight torpedo has successfully completed a first in-water trial at the BUTEC range on the west coast of Scotland.

The trial is part of a five-year, £270 million Demonstration and Full Manufacture contract awarded in December 2014 that will see BAE Systems upgrade current Spearfish Mod 0 weapon stocks to the improved Mod 1 standard.

Spearfish Mod 0 is in service on the Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute class submarines. The Mod 1 upgrade will address the need for incremental improvements in safety, remove obsolescence, enable through-life cost reduction, and extend its life to beyond 2050.

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