The United States has given its nod for Netherlands’ request to buy $85 million-worth MK-48 torpedo conversion kits and related equipment from Raytheon, which the NATO-ally will use to upgrade its existing torpedoes that arms its fleet of Walrus submarines.
“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of sixteen (16) MK-48 Mod 7 Advanced Technology (AT) torpedo conversion kits and related equipment for an estimated cost of $85 million,” Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement Wednesday.
The contract includes spare parts, containers, associated hardware, torpedo handling equipment, and cables; US Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.
“The Netherlands desires to upgrade additional MK 48 Mod 4 torpedoes to the MK 48 Mod 7 AT model. They intend to use the MK 48 Mod 7 AT torpedo on their Walrus Class submarines,” the DSCA statement read.