MU90 Torpedo Enters Active Service with Australian Navy
The MU90 lightweight torpedo has entered active service with the Royal Australian Navy, having achieved Operational Release Status after a recent final test firing.
The entry into service has been achieved as a result of close collaboration between the Djimindi Alliance (comprising the Defence Materiel Organisation, Thales Australia and EuroTorp), the Royal Australian Navy and its RAN Test Evaluation Analysis Authority, and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.
The MU90 is an advanced lightweight anti-submarine torpedo that delivers superior performance and accuracy in shallow waters, even in congested areas. The weapon is designed to counter nuclear and conventional submarines and associated countermeasures.
Australia’s ANZAC and FFG frigates are now fully equipped with the MU90.
Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said: “The MU90 is a significant addition to the Royal Australian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capability. This is particularly important given the strategic significance of our maritime operational environment.
“We are very pleased that the torpedo has now entered active service, and we look forward to working closely with the DMO and RAN to support the weapon over the coming years.”
The MU90 was developed by EuroTorp – a consortium between DCNS, Thales and Finmeccanica company Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei (WASS). The MU90 is in service in France, Italy, Germany, Denmark and Poland.
Press Release, October 09, 2013; Image: DCNS