NSWC Dahlgren Tests Future X-Band Radar System

On a recent warm afternoon at the Potomac River Test Range, recreational speedboats and jet skis plied the cool waters as a handful of Navy engineers gathered shoreside under a reconnaissance and surveillance tower, to begin powering up a mobile engineering lab that is mounted 40-feet in the air. One member of the Navy group pointed out a good target…

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NSWC Dahlgren Develop Create Low-Cost SAL Seeker

Engineers at NSWC Dahlgren Division have developed a new, lower-in-cost, semi-active laser (SAL) seeker. SAL seekers are a key enabling technology for guided munitions that allow warfighters to target stationary and moving targets in areas where GPS is unavailable. SAL seekers function in tandem with an operator that directs a pulsing, infrared laser at targets. The seeker, typically in the…

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NSWC Dahlgren Working on Hypersonic Weapons

Traveling from Los Angeles to New York by passenger jet takes just over five hours. Hypersonic flight at Mach 20 fewer than 10 minutes. High-speed feats such as this are not theoretical proposals. Indeed, NASA and the space programs of other countries attain those velocities with every spacecraft that achieves earth orbit. However, Russia is developing new missiles capable of…

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US Navy Working on Paradigm Shift for Laser Weapons Electrical Needs

How can the U.S. Navy integrate electric weapons such as its new and emerging high-energy laser systems into warships while ensuring there is enough power for all ship systems and services? It will take a paradigm shift that few have heard or seen before, according to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) scientists and engineers. Thomas ‘TJ’ McKelvey – an NSWC…

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Amentum Awarded $87M Navy Contract for Systems Engineering Support

March 26, 2020 – Amentum, a leading contractor to U.S. federal and allied governments, has been awarded a new contract by Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division worth up to $87 million. Under the contract, Amentum will provide systems engineering support to naval weapons systems, weapon control systems, and warfare systems for ballistic missile and guided missile submarines and surface…

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