Military Embedded Systems

Navy completes testing of the acoustic flank array for submarines


November 14, 2017

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center completed testing on Northrop Grumman Corp.'s hull-mounted acoustic Advanced Flank Array (AFA) under a Work for Private Parties agreement.

The flank array addresses next-generation requirements and is designed to support a variety of flank array programs including those for the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine.

Northrop Grumman invested more than $3 million to develop its alternative AFA product line and proved that the manufactured prototypes meet or exceed the Navy’s strict performance specifications.

“We’re not just designing systems for today’s fleet, but we are developing solutions with the future in mind- the missions, requirements and applications our submarine force will face over the lifetime of these ships,” says Alan Lytle, vice president, undersea systems business unit, Northrop Grumman.

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