SHIPBOARD ELECTRO-OPTIC/INFRARED SYSTEMS
BVY- 1 INTEGRATED SUBMARINE
IMAGING SYSTEM (ISIS)
BRIEFING: The BVY- 1 ISIS provides all-weather high-definition
optical and infrared search via submarine periscope. The system includes active and passive ranging, image enhancement,
recording and storage of images, and image-transmission
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . Lockheed Martin Corp.
TYPE 18 PERISCOPE
BRIEFING: The Type 18 is a hull-penetrating mast that provides
optical, low-light-level television and color television imaging,
as well as digital photography and ESM intercept capability. It is
installed on Los Angeles- and Seawolf-class submarines.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . L- 3 KEO
PHOTONICS MAST (LPPM)
BRIEFING: The Photonics mast is a non-hull-penetrating
periscope mast installed on the Virginia-class submarines. It
provides multispectral sensing, allowing for visual, infrared
and low-light-level television imaging in a single mast, along
with a laser range-finder.
The LPPM has the capabilities of the original mast but has
a stealthier, slimmer profile similar to that of a 7.5-inch-
diameter Type 18 periscope. Two prototypes built by Ultra
Electronics and one by L- 3 KEO reached IOC in 2015. L- 3 KEO
was awarded a contract in May 2015 to build up to 29 Block 4
LPPMs. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017.
CONTRACTORS: . . . . . . . . . L- 3 KEO, Ultra Electronics
PATROL BOAT ELECTRO-OPTICS
BRIEFING: The PB-EOS is a variant of the SeaFLIR 280-
HD maritime electro-optic/infrared imaging system being
built for Navy and Coast Guard patrol boats under a contract
awarded in September 2013.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . FLIR Systems Inc.
SHIPBOARD SONAR SYSTEMS
SQQ- 32 SONAR
BRIEFING: The SQQ- 32 minehunting high-resolution sonar
is deployed on Avenger-class mine countermeasures (MCM)
ships to detect and classify sea mines. It can operate in a
retracted mode for operations in shallow water or lowered
through the hull and towed for operations in deeper water. An
upgraded version, the SQQ- 32(V) 4, designed to improve per-
formance in cluttered waters, increase search rate and provide
improved resolution imagery, completed installation in the
MCM fleet in 2015.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . BAE Systems
SQS- 53 SONAR
BRIEFING: The SQS- 53 is the digitally controlled, bow-mounted, active/passive sonar on most of the Navy’s surface
combatants, including Ticonderoga-class cruisers (SQS-
53A/B/D) and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (SQS-53C). The
SQS-53D includes COTS processors and is replacing the SQS-
53A/B on Ticonderoga cruisers.
CON TRAC TORS: . . . . . . . . . General Electric Co., Raytheon Co., IT T Corp.
BQQ- 5 AND BQQ- 6 SONAR
BRIEFING: The BQQ- 5 active/passive sonar is a digital
replacement of the BQQ- 2 sonar. It includes a large spherical
array that is installed in the bow of Los Angeles-class submarines. The BQQ- 6 is a similar primarily passive system, with
limited active capability, installed on Ohio-class Trident submarines. Both sonar types are being replaced by the BQQ- 10.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . Lockheed Martin Corp.
BQQ- 10 SONAR
BRIEFING: The BQQ- 10 designation has been given to the
multiphase Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion program to
upgrade U.S. submarine sonar systems into an open-architecture common configuration. The BQQ- 10 includes the
Submarine Precision Underwater Mapping and Navigation
Upgrade (PUMA) to map the sea floor and register geographic
features — including man-made objects such as mines —
and display them in a three-dimensional form on a computer
screen. PUMA allows a submarine to conduct covert minefield
surveillance and avoidance and transmit the intelligence to
other platforms. The BQQ- 10’s open architecture allows
rapid insertion of new technologies, including the conformal
array, large vertical array and advanced towed arrays now
CON TRAC TORS: . . . . . . . . . Lockheed Martin Corp., General Dynamics Corp.,
Advanced Research Laboratory of the University of
Texas at Austin
BRIEFING: The LWAA is a passive sonar system installed on
the Virginia-class attack submarine. The acoustic sensors are
housed in conformal fairings along the hull of the submarine.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . L- 3 Communications Corp.
LARGE-APERTURE BOW ARRAY (LAB)
BRIEFING: The LAB is a bow-mounted sonar array installed on
the Block III and subsequent blocks of the Virginia-class submarines. It replaces the bow sonar sphere to allow installation