NCMS Project #: 141045
Problem: The U.S. Navy is pursuing an advanced lightweight torpedo capable of prosecuting and defeating challenging adversary submarine targets. The Navy has decided to assess the use of reclaimed MK 50 torpedo components to develop and field the MK 122 Advanced Lightweight Torpedo. To successfully meet this need, a warhead capable of addressing this challenge is required.
Benefit: The advantages of RILOP will be demonstrated as a viable sustainment option for assets and systems, for both the public and private sectors. Future generations ultimately benefit from improved air and water quality, fewer landfills and more renewable energy sources. Additionally, lessons learned from this Phase IV culmination project can be leveraged across a wide variety of other weapons systems, vehicle platforms, and can be easily translated to assets within the commercial industry.
Solution/Approach: Phase IV will continue to assess the feasibility of reclamation in lieu of procurement as a means to field new and relevant capabilities. The project will explore the MK122 Warhead’s electro-mechanical system and its components to refine the materials/components to be used and identify manufacturing process for those materials. This includes modernization efforts necessary to ensure safe and reliable operation of the MK122 warhead subsystem components.
Impact on Warfighter:
- Reduce environmental waste
- Reallocate usable materials saving time and development costs
- Ensure warfighter readiness
- PEO SUB
- U.S. Navy
- Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technology Center
- Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport
- Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport
- Northrup Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS)
- Cost savings
- Positive environmental impact
- Improved readiness