The U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft will be soon adding new weapons to its arsenal that slowly will trickle down to existing operators of the P-8 that includes the Indian Navy which comes as Gamer Changer weapon system to take on Warships and Submarines. High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability or HAAWC is a Mk 54 lightweight anti-submarine torpedo transformed into a long-range, quickly-delivered standoff weapon.

HAAWC kits when equipped with Mk 54 lightweight anti-submarine torpedo will give its a 32km range before the HAAWC kit is ejected over the sea while a parachute is used to softly touch down the torpedo which can go for another 9-10km before taking out its target.

The HAAWC kit also includes a data link that allows the complete weapon to be retargeted in flight and also it can be realized from higher cruising altitudes like 33,000 feet without the need for aircraft to go low which reduces any potential vulnerability to any enemy air defenses in the area.

When the Indian fleet of P-8I is cleared to employ HAAWC-equipped Mk 54 torpedoes it will offer a significant boost in its anti-submarine warfare capabilities and its overall survivability.

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