Boeing to Build Air-Based Torpedo Launch System

BoeingLogoBoeing (NYSE: BA) has won a potential $47, 034, 172 contract to design and build a system aimed at helping the U.S. Navy launch torpedoes from altitudes of up to 30, 000 feet.

The High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability Air Launch Accessory is designed to help Raytheon‘s (NYSE: RTN) Mark 54 torpedo glide through the air after launching from a Boeing-made Poseidon plane, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Thursday.

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John Keller writes the torpedo, when combined with the launch accessory, is built to glide for between seven and 10 minutes before entering the water.

HAAWC adaptor kits contain a flight control computer, GPS navigation system, power sources and parachutes intended to help bring the torpedo into the water, Keller writes.

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