Marshall Slingsby Advanced Composites has received an extension to its contract with Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd (SEA) for the production of composite torpedo launcher tubes.
Building on a decades-long relationship with SEA, the follow-on contract will see Marshall Slingsby Advanced Composites continue to manufacture launcher tubes to deploy lightweight torpedos.
SEA’s Torpedo Launcher Systems are used by a number of navies around the world thanks to their ease of configuration and adaptability to a broad range of naval weapons currently in service. The systems’ design allows for launcher tubes to be housed internally or mounted above decks, and meets the requirements of ships of varying sizes and structures.
The latest contract will further expand the capabilities of existing customer fleets deploying SEA’s Torpedo Launcher Systems, and will meet new demands arising from an growing export customer base requiring anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
The launcher tubes, manufactured at Marshall’s composites facility in North Yorkshire, are an extremely robust design. The filament-wound GRP structure provides a lightweight and corrosion-resistant solution ready to withstand both the harsh environment in which they are deployed and the launch pressure experienced when firing.
Marshall Slingsby Advanced Composites has a long-standing background of providing launcher tube support and development for SEA, including joint work relating to other notable lightweight torpedoes such as Stingray, MU90, Mk46 and Mk54.
Ben Smith, Supply Chain Manager at SEA, added: “This contract extension further cements our relationship with Marshall Slingsby Advanced Composites, and we are continually impressed by the quality and efficiency of their service to enable us to deliver high-quality Torpedo Launcher Systems across the globe.”