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Undersea Weapons (UW)

TorpedosThe Undersea Weapons Office (UWO) is a key provider of science and technology to the undersea weapons enterprise with the expertise, tools, and processes to take concepts from the early developmental phase through transition to industry and the fleet. Core competencies that reside within the four divisional units of the office include acoustic signal processing, intelligent weapon control, target tracking, data fusion, realtime embedded software development, physics-based simulation development and analysis, systems /lifecycle engineering, systems integration/test, undersea vehicle control, mechanical/electrical design, and product data management. Specific strengths of the Undersea Weapons Office include:

  • The ability to perform foundational research through full scale engineering with an understanding of first principles to address emergent Navy needs
  • A comprehensive set of core competencies that cover the weapon technologies from nose to tail
  • Capabilities for rapid prototyping and in-water demonstration
  • A strong utilization of computational tools and simulation
  • A systems engineering based approach with attention to engineering designed for affordability/manufacturability and fleet transition
  • A corporate history and knowledge base in undersea weapons

Recently completed and ongoing efforts in UWO include the Engineering and Manufacturing Development of the Surface Ship Torpedo Defense Anti-Torpedo Torpedo, for which ARL is the NAVSEA Design Agent; technical leadership and management of an effort that reconstituted industry production of the MK54 Acoustic Nose Assembly (ANA) and Transmitter; demonstration of fiber optic connectivity between the Royal Australian Navy's Collins Class Submarine and the MK48 torpedo; active participation in the in-service weapon advanced processing build (APB) program that provides advanced capabilities to the MK48 and MK54 torpedoes; and participation in multiple Science and Technology efforts developing and transitioning technologies to the fleet including the following Future Naval Capabilities (FNC) Programs: Lightweight Torpedo Technologies FNC, Compact Rapid Attack Weapon (CRAW) FNC, Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Salvo FNC, and Torpedo Hybrid Fuze FNC.