NCMS Project #: 140899
Problem: MK 122 Mod 0 warheads were removed from service and entered into the demilitarization program for destruction. A need for these warheads was realized and they have been removed from the demilitarization program. To successfully use these warheads for future torpedo builds, they must be refurbished, tested and assessed. Maintenance, sustainment, and continued health monitoring programs will be required and are vital to their re-use and reliable operation in the next lightweight warhead.
Benefit: By re-engineering current warheads rather than developing new ones, the DoD would save millions of taxpayer dollars. Not only could the public realize savings, the industries that would be involved in the re-engineering and refurbishment could see an increase in their revenue that may stimulate job growth and the economy. By re-tooling, less hazardous materials would be in circulation, which could result in a safer environment.
Solution/Approach: The objective is to engineer sound technical solutions for maintaining and sustaining the MK 122 Mod 0 warheads that have been relegated to storage after removal from service for the purposes of extending their life and utilizing these warheads in the future lightweight torpedo. Obsolescence and service life issues will need to be addressed to successfully implement the utilization of these weapon components. It will reduce development costs and time by eliminating the need to fabricate and qualify a new warhead system.
Impact on Warfighter:
- Improved readiness
- Reduced costs and time
- Reduced waste and lower environmental emissions
- U.S. Navy (NSWC Indian Head)
- U.S. Navy (NUWC Newport)
- U.S. Navy (NUWC Keyport)
- Novatech, Innovative Technologies International
- Obsolescence mgmt. & continued MxCap.
- Reliability improvement