The Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo sets the benchmark for underwater weapon performance, proven to deliver a decisive advantage against the full range of submarine and surface threats in all operating environments.
Spearfish is the UK Royal Navy’s front line anti-submarine and anti-surface torpedo. Modern submarines require sophisticated defensive and offensive underwater weapons to engage a wide range of surface and subsurface targets. Guided torpedoes provide this capability and Spearfish is one of the most powerful and capable on the market. BAE Systems provide full support of Spearfish to the UK Royal Navy through a dedicated support ‘workshop to waterfront’ contract.
Now in the final phase of a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will benefit from significant advances in its homing, warhead and tactical systems. Together with a high bandwidth fibre optic data link between the torpedo and the launching vessel’s combat system, it is the most effective targeted weapon in its class addressing the present day and projected threat over the coming decades.
Modular hardware implements provide readily replaceable components, for maintainability and to enable reduction in through life operating costs for the MOD. The upgraded weapon will be re-programmable “through the skin” to incorporate latest developments in sonar technology and to take account of intelligence on the evolving threat characteristics.