The Navy's new Seawolf-class attack submarine has emerged as the ultimate open-ocean ASW platform: faster, quieter, more heavily armed, and equipped with better acoustic sensors than any attack submarine in the world. Seawolf's robust design supports missions including surveillance, intelligence collection, special warfare, covert cruise missile strike, mine warfare, anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare. The Seawolf's advanced Combat System, the highly-integrated AN/BSY-2, is also being used to retrofit existing ships and will be the foundation for future combat system architectures.
The developmental New Attack Submarine - whose lead ship will be the USS Virginia (SSN-774) - charts an exciting new course for the U.S. Navy. Virginia has been designed specifically to fight in the world's littorals. While maintaining a robust capability for open-ocean ASW, Virginia nonetheless incorporates weapons, sensors, and some special new equipment and features that suit her particularly well for joint operations in shallower coastal regions, including land attack, intelligence gathering, mine reconnaissance and supporting special forces.
SEA CORP's engineers and technicians perform a wide range of engineering and technical functions for these latest additions to the nation's undersea arsenal. Beginning with design studies and continuing through prototyping, modeling and testing of subsystems and components, the company provides its support through a long-term services contract with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, the Navy's premier undersea laboratory.
In addition to the work specifically connected with the two newest fleet additions, the Company also performs tasks associated with a formal plan for continuous improvement. The "Submarine Modernization Program" is aimed at selected systems on 688/688I, SEAWOLF, Trident, SSGN, and Virginia class submarines. Submarine Modernization will give the submarine fleet a common, integrated Submarine Warfare System (SWS) based on IP connectivity and will use Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware and open architectures to the maximum extent possible. The modernized SWS will provide the submarine fleet with the necessary interoperability tools to be an "information factory" to gather, process, and distribute all data collected by the submarine. Commonality across platforms will reduce hardware, software, logistics and training costs for the fleet. The technical approach to the Warfare System Modernization (WSM) process is to provide the over-arching system engineering discipline required to successfully acquire, integrate, test, install, and field a modernized "system of systems" for submarine platforms.
In addition to the work for new submarines, this effort includes other tasks in the general category of Non-Propulsion Electronics (NPE) as well as engineering, prototyping, and production hardware for various towed array sensor handling systems.