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U.S. to develop new underwater warfare strategy with longer submarine-killing torpedoes

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
The U.S. Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va., awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a contract, worth $2.6 million, which aims to improve the engine of the U.S. Mark 48 heavyweight torpedo, originally designed to sink deep-diving Soviet submarines and surface ships. the idea behind extending the range of the torpedo is to keep valuable submarines away from potential targets by using aircraft to target data, says Bryan Clark, a former submarine officer and analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The concept behind the extension is similar to the one adopted by the surface Navy. An aircraft such as F-35 or E-25 detects a hostile track by relying on data to the surface ship, which then neutralize the hostile with a long-range missile.