Undersea Weapons Program

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Undersea Weapons Program seeks to develop technologies for current and next-generation, offensive and defensive weapons capable of engaging submarines, surface ships and threat torpedoes. Science and technology efforts focus on increasing probability of kill and probability of counter-kill by improving sensor performance, engagement tactics, vehicle propulsion and warhead lethality. Technologies are also being developed to enable reduction of total ownership cost and increase weapon load-out. New weapon and delivery concepts are being assessed.

The Undersea Weapons Discovery and Invention Program supports basic research (6.1) and applied research (6.2) in the following technical areas:

  • Countermeasures and counter weapons
  • Energy and propulsion
  • Guidance and control
  • Multidisciplinary systems and design optimization
  • Systems design and optimization
  • Supercavitating weapons
  • Warheads
  • Naval Undersea Research Program (NURP)

Advanced technology development (6.3) programs support technology transition for torpedo upgrades, reduced-size torpedoes and counter-weapons. See guidance for submitting proposals and white papers for funding under this program.

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. David Drumheller

Title: Director

Department: Code 33

Email for Questions: david.drumheller@navy.mil

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