United States Department of State, approved MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology (AT) Heavy Weight Torpedoes (HWT) with Taipei (Taiwan) via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channel, at an estimated cost of $180 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) gave the necessary certificate reporting to Congress this sale on May 20.
Contract with an estimated cost of $ 180 million (estimated costs reported by DSCA indicate maximum, contract costs generally lower);I t includes training, documents, support and testing equipment, US government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related aspects of logistics and program support.
MK 48 Mod6
The MK 48 Mod 6 Advanced Technology (AT) is a heavyweight torpedo designed for optimum effectiveness against all targets, in both littoral and deep-water environments. With guaranteed supportability through 2025, it is a cost-effective, up-to-date configuration of the MK 48 family designed to handle emerging threats.
Built on proven and reliable MK 48 components, the MK 48 Mod 6AT offers an effective torpedo at low total ownership cost, providing the optimal balance for today’s submarine force. As upgrades to the MK 48 Mod 4, the MK 48 Mod 6AT use MK 48 sonar, guidance and control, electrical power system, and quieting technology in order to maximize weapon effectiveness and minimize cost. The torpedo is capable of autonomous operation or control via wire link. The MK 48 Mod 6AT features advanced sonar, combined with an advanced digital signal processor for improved low Doppler target detection and a search volume of more than 1.6 billion cubic meters.