The US Navy has confirmed that Boeing’s High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC) has met all requirements to achieve Initial Operational Capability (IAC) status.
The all-weather HAAWC consists of a modular Air Launch Accessory (ALA) kit that attaches to a MK 54 torpedo, transforming it into a precision-guided glide weapon. The HAAWC enables the Boeing P-8A Poseidon to deploy MK 54 torpedoes from near or below its cruising altitude.
“The initial operational capability milestone marks the readiness of HAAWC for fleet introduction for the Navy and its international partners,” said Dewayne Donley, program manager. “We’re excited to deliver greater flexibility and capability by way of higher-altitude launches from longer distances than previously possible.”
This milestone achievement follows the award of a full-rate production contract in August 2022 for the system, squadron training, and the receipt of low-rate initial production units.
“It’s a major achievement for our team in reaching our goal of establishing a new high ground in anti-submarine warfare,” said Bob Ciesla, vice president of Boeing Weapons. “We look forward to continuing to work alongside the Navy toward the full deployment and operational capability of the system.”
Additional fielding of HAAWC units is scheduled through 2024, with the potential for production to continue into 2030 under the current contract.