Subsurface Platform Science & Technology

Science and technology (S&T) efforts focused on preserving and advancing the advantage of U.S. Navy platforms over adversaries. Areas of focus within the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Technologies improving platform survivability
    • Reduced susceptibility: enhanced platform stealth through research into signature mechanisms, the role of the platform structure in noise radiation, technologies for reducing submarine signatures and improving dynamic awareness of signatures.
    • Reduced vulnerability: technologies and design methodologies for reducing the vulnerability of platforms to an adversary attack. Technology areas include structural materials, design considerations and fabrication techniques, and advanced coatings.
    • Enhanced recoverability: technologies for enabling a platform to rapidly regain military capability after surviving an attack.
  • S&T efforts for advancing lighter-weight and highly-damped materials to be used in platform designs to expand design options.
  • Advanced propulsion and thrust production technologies providing options for future platform designers.

This work supports the Navy’s interest in advanced sea platform performance S&T, advanced sea platform survivability S&T, submarine S&T, and naval engineering.

Research Concentration Areas

Research areas target the program goals of enhancing the mission effectiveness and endurance of submarine platforms. These include:

  • Efforts to provide an enduring stealth advantage over all potential adversaries into the 2080s and beyond
  • Efforts advancing submarine platform survivability from attacks in combat
  • Lighter-weight, highly-damped materials able to withstand high load conditions and fatigue wear for use throughout the submarine design to expand ship design options
  • Advanced propulsion motor technologies providing options for future submarine designs
  • Technologies for reducing depot maintenance and enhancing platform availability at lowest feasible operating cost

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Technologies for improving understanding and mitigation of signatures in order to ensure an enduring stealth advantage of the U.S. submarine to the end of the century
  • Technologies enabling design and construction of submarine platforms with greater survivability, combat power and endurance
  • Lighter weight, highly damped materials with load carrying capability and fatigue tolerance of current materials
  • Advanced propulsion motor technologies providing high torque and power in a smaller geometry

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. John Muench

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 331

Email for Questions:

How to Submit

Submit white papers, QUAD charts and full proposals for contracts to this email address: ONR Code 33 Research Submissions

Follow instructions within BAA for submission of grant proposals to website.

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