First car­rier coun­ter­mea­sure an­ti­tor­pedo launched


USS Ge­orge H.W. Bush (CVN 77) con­ducted the first air­craft car­rier­borne end-to-end at-sea test of the sur­face ship tor­pedo de­fence (SSTD) sys­tem, the US Navy has an­nounced.

The SSTD sys­tem com­bines the pas­sive de­tec­tion ca­pa­bil­ity of the tor­pedo warn­ing sys­tem that not only finds tor­pe­does, but also clas­si­fies and tracks them, with the hard-kill ca­pa­bil­ity of the coun­ter­mea­sure anti-tor­pedo, an en­cap­su­lated minia­ture tor­pedo.

The coun­ter­mea­sure anti-tor­pedo is be­ing de­vel­oped by the Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity Ap­plied Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory (PSU-ARL). It is de­signed to lo­cate, home in on and de­stroy hos­tile tor­pe­does. Over the four-day test­ing pe­riod, Bush en­gaged seven tor­pedo-like tar­gets with seven coun­ter­mea­sure anti-tor­pe­does.

“Th­ese tests are a cul­mi­na­tion of a very fo­cused ef­fort by the Navy in­clud­ing the pro­gramme of­fice, Bush’s crew, Nor­folk Naval Ship­yard and our aca­demic and in­dus­trial part­ners. With all seven of our shots do­ing what they are de­signed and built to do, it val­i­dates our work and sig­nif­i­cantly en­hances our cur­rent ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” said Capt. Moises Del­Toro, the Un­der­sea De­fen­sive War­fare Sys­tems Pro­gramme Man­ager.

The US Navy cur­rently plans to equip all air­craft car­ri­ers and other high-value units with the SSTD sys­tem by 2035.

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