U.S. Navy: Antisubmarine warfare technology passes two critical tests

WASHINGTON. The U.S. Navy -- Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) Public Affairs -- recently announced the successful completion of two antisubmarine warfare (ASW) mission package testing milestones.

The first completed test was a 10-day Dockside-1 event on the Dual-mode ARray Transmitter (DART) Mission System Towed Body and associated launch-and-recovery assembly components in Fort Pierce, Florida. The Dockside-1 test saw littoral combat ship (LCS) sailors overseeing and operating the DART Mission System at the Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s waterside product integration, assembly, and test complex.

Dockside-2 testing, planned for fall of 2018, will expand the scope of DART system integration to add three additional Raytheon mission modules to complete the system; Naval Sea Systems Command officials say that the Navy will take delivery of the DART Mission System from Raytheon later this year and will take the system to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center early next year for additional testing.

The second test was a full-power, in-water test of the active array at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Seneca Lake Detachment’s test facility in Dresden, New York. This Seneca Lake trial was the first time the new technology was demonstrated in an open-water test environment, which enables better understanding of how the system will perform when deployed on an LCS.