New facility makes undersea rockets

Aerojet Rocketdyne has opened a new manufacturing facility for undersea propulsion applications.

According to the company, the new site will produce stored chemical energy propulsion systems (SCEPS) and torpedo afterbodies for the US Navy. This includes the MK 54 MOD 2 Advanced Lightweight Torpedo prototype, Aerojet said.

"Having the only SCEPS manufacturing capability within the US industrial base will enable our company to further support our nation's undersea warfare needs," said Eileen P Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president.

Aerojet Rocketdyne independently funded the facility modernization, located at the company's Coleman Aerospace subsidiary. The company will reportedly manufacture SCEPS boilers, produce tail cones and assemble the torpedo afterbody.