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Sonar Electronics in Heavyweight Torpedoes

A Submarine Launched Countermeasure Emulator (SLACE) vehicle is embarked onto HMAS Collins from Diamantina Pier at HMAS Stirling, WA.

Australia and the United States Navy are in a partnership for the cooperative development, production, and through-life support of replacement Heavyweight Torpedoes (HWT).

The development program involves replacing the existing Mk 48 Mod 4 analogue HWT with the digital Mk 48 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) HWT (Mk 48 Mod 7 CBASS HWT).

DST is supporting the project through the development of advanced algorithms for the torpedo, detailed analysis of in-water firings, and through the operation of the Torpedo Analysis Facility (TAF) acquired by the project - which is located at the DST Torpedo Systems Centre. This facility is used to study the performance of new heavyweight torpedoes in a high-fidelity, synthetic, controlled environment.


Key information


  • SEA 1429