The U.S. Navy recently announced the successful completion of two testing milestones for a new antisubmarine warfare (ASW) system.
The first was a 10-day test of the Dual-mode ARray Transmitter (DART) System towed body and associated launch-and-recovery assembly components in Fort Pierce, Fla.
The second test was a full-power, in-water test of the active DART system at Dresden’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center Seneca Lake Detachment’s test facility. 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 littoral combat ship.
“The Seneca Lake Test was a huge step forward for the DART System and the ASW Mission Package as a whole. This revolutionary technology is critical to countering the rising submarine threats worldwide,” said LCS Mission Module Program Manager Capt. Ted Zobel.
Testing on an expanded DART system, adding three additional Raytheon mission modules to complete the system, will be done in the fall. 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.
According to its website, the Seneca Lake Sonar Test Facility at Dresden is a field station of the Naval Sea Systems Command. The Test Facilities and Operations Division of the Engineering Test and Evaluation Department manage the test facility.
The facility is used to test and evaluate equipment ranging from single element transducers to complex sonar arrays and systems. Seneca Lake is the Navy’s primary active instrumented calibration and test facility.