Northrop Grumman unveils a mini-torpedo designed for the MQ-8C Fire Scout UAV and Virginia-class attack submarines

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The American company Northrop Grumman recently unveiled a mini-torpedo named Very Lightweight Torpedo, or VLWT, based on a design developed by the US Navy. This new ultralight torpedo should be offered under the CRAW (Compact Rapid Attack Weapon) program aimed at developing a lightweight torpedo capable of acting as a "hard-kill" self-defense weapon for attack submarines of the Virginia class.

However, beyond the underwater applications, Northrop Grumman plans to fully exploit the potential of its ultra-light torpedo by integrating it on board its naval drone MQ-8C Fire Scout. For Northrop Grumman, this would be an opportunity to offer a real multirole naval UCAV (combat drone) capable of competing with or even replacing in certain uses the MH-60 Seahawk helicopter.


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