The Royal Air Force (RAF) today (30) announced new weapons for its P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol jets. The Sting Ray Mod.1 is a lightweight torpedo manufactured in the United Kingdom by BAe Systems.
The RAF has already begun work on integrating the Sting Ray with the Poseidon. The United Kingdom has a powerful and sovereign torpedo capability, providing flexibility to the Poseidon fleet. The Sting Ray will be used with the American made Mk.54 torpedo.
Already used by the Royal Navy, the Sting Ray is used against submarines from ships, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, exemplifying the RAF. It has a sophisticated acoustic feedback system and a high-precision navigation system capable of automatically detecting, classifying and engaging targets. It has low lifetime costs and requires no intrusive maintenance throughout its lifetime.
“The use of Sting Ray and Mk54 torpedoes gives the UK Poseidon fleet flexibility and interoperability with our allies”Group Captain Richard Oselton, Senior Officer of the Poseidon Futures Program, said. “I am very happy to see the launch of Sting Ray Mod 1 integration [base aérea] RAF Lossiemouth.”
The Sting Ray Mod 1 is designed to defeat the dual threats of fast, deep-sea, double-hull submarines operating in calm sea environments and conventional submarines in coastal waters. The enhanced performance of the Sting Ray Mod 1 is supported by the development of new acoustics and tactical software that leverages the knowledge gained through extensive water testing with the Mod 0 version.
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