Aerojet Rocketdyne has efficiently constructed and examined a Saved Chemical Vitality Propulsion, or SCEPS, lithium boiler which may very well be used to energy the U.S. Navy’s subsequent technology torpedoes. SCEPS is a sophisticated propulsion system which improves the capabilities of the MK 54 MOD 2 torpedo. The Mark 54 Light-weight Torpedo (previously often known as Light-weight Hybrid Torpedo, or LHT) is an ordinary 12.75-inch (324 mm) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) torpedo utilized by the USA Navy. The Mark 54 was co-developed by Raytheon Built-in Protection Programs and the U.S. Navy underneath the U.S. Navy’s Light-weight Hybrid Torpedo program in response to perceived issues with the extant Mark 50 and Mark 46 torpedoes.

“Aerojet Rocketdyne’s self-funded manufacturing of a SCEPS lithium boiler demonstrates our robust dedication to delivering inexpensive, low threat and prime quality merchandise to the U.S. Navy,” mentioned Eileen P. Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president.


“Maritime safety is important to nationwide safety,” mentioned Drake. “The Aerojet Rocketdyne workforce is proud to boost and advance our funding in SCEPS propulsion to energy the nation’s cutting-edge undersea functionality that may finally shield what we worth most – our homeland, our U.S. navy service members and our allies.”

Aerojet Rocketdyne independently funded the fabrication and testing of the SCEPS lithium-based thermal power system, which makes use of an lively chemical response to energy a steam turbine. The boiler design builds upon the Penn State College Utilized Analysis Laboratory’s (PSU-ARL) technical knowledge bundle distributed by the U.S. Navy in 2020 for the Compact Speedy Assault Weapon (CRAW) program. Along with its potential use for torpedoes, resembling CRAW, Aerojet Rocketdyne can also be creating SCEPS for the bigger MK 54 MOD 2 torpedo. Aerojet Rocketdyne is underneath contract to the U.S. Navy to ship SCEPS prototype afterbody/tailcone assemblies for a sophisticated propulsion system for the MK 54 MOD 2 Superior Light-weight Torpedo (ALWT).

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an American producer of rocket, hypersonic, and electrical propulsive techniques for house, protection, civil and business purposes. Headquartered in Sacramento, California, the corporate is owned by Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings. Aerojet Rocketdyne was shaped in 2013 when Aerojet (then owned by GenCorp) and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne have been merged, following the latter’s acquisition by GenCorp from Pratt & Whitney. On April 27, 2015, the title of the holding firm, GenCorp, was modified from GenCorp, Inc. to Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-class developer and producer of superior propulsion and energetics techniques for purchasers together with the U.S. Division of Protection, NASA and different companies and corporations, each in the USA and overseas.