By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications Commission on Physical Sciences, Naval Studies Board, Committee for Undersea Weapons Science and Technology
The division of the army strives to take care of, via its workplace of Naval study (ONR), a full of life technological know-how and know-how (S&T) software in these parts thought of significantly very important to U.S. naval superiority within the maritime surroundings, together with littoral waters and shore areas. In pursuing its S&T investments in such parts, ONR needs to make sure that (1) a powerful U.S. learn potential to paintings on long term S&T difficulties in parts of curiosity to the dep. of the military and the dep. of security is continued, (2) an sufficient offer of latest scientists and engineers in those components is maintained, and (3) S&T items and approaches essential to be certain destiny superiority in naval conflict are supplied. one of many serious parts for the dept of the army is undersea weapons.
An evaluation of Undersea guns technological know-how and Technology assesses the well-being of the present army software in undersea guns, evaluates the Navy's study attempt to enhance the features wanted for destiny undersea guns, identifies non-Navy-sponsored learn and improvement efforts that may facilitate the advance of such complex guns features, and makes options to concentration the Navy's learn application in order that it could possibly meet destiny needs.
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The MK-48 program is evolutionary in scope and philosophy. No capability will be developed if it cannot be brought to fruition in time to meet a specific insertion opportunity on the MK-48 road map. An incremental program such as this will certainly improve the performance of the MK 48, but it is unlikely to result in a new weapon with important new capabilities for antisubmarine warfare. The committee understands the philosophy and budget environment that have driven the undersea weapons S&T program to adopt this evolutionary approach.
An example is the use of COTS technologies in the MK-48 and MK-54 processors. Research in energetic materials and processes is supported both by other military services and by the Department of Energy. Although the ONR undersea weapons S&T program draws on the results of those efforts, some of the energetic materials and processes brought to undersea weapons are unique enough to require specific ONR support. For example, unlike warheads designed for attacks on land targets, some underwater warheads are designed to produce large gas bubbles that will interact dynamically with the victim hull.
While technical progress (analytical and experimental) has been reported, many more difficult problems remain. The program is being used as a rallying point for other desirable activities such as the development of up-to-date design optimization tools and computational fluid dynamic techniques. The value of the technology and tool synthesis planned around this S&T thrust should not be underestimated. The ability of the thrust to attract talented researchers and engineers and to develop new tools is serving the overall S&T program well.
An Assessment of Undersea Weapons Science and Technology by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications Commission on Physical Sciences, Naval Studies Board, Committee for Undersea Weapons Science and Technology