Advanced Technology Laboratory

Submarine breaking through ice

A 688i class submarine surfacing during an ice exercise. ATL personnel participated in and supported the test event.

The Advanced Technology Laboratory (ATL) conducts a multi-discliplinary program in underwater acoustics research, sonar system design, underwater mechanical and optical system design, and electromagnetic systems research. These sonar systems and designs can be found on submarines and surface ships and are used by Explosive Ordinance Disposal divers and Special Forces. They also provide tactical capabillity for the U.S. Navy and protect naval bases, ports, and harbors in both the United States and around the world.

Research Areas

The high frequency (HF) sonar systems employed on U.S. Navy attack class submarines were designed in ATL. These sonar systems represent a significant capability for the USN submarine force.
ATL develops high-frequency, forward- and side-looking active sonar systems for use in wide area mine detection and localization.
ATL develops software to create underwater maps that reveal the detail of the ocean floor. This technology is used to analyze complex ocean environments or even to locate ship wrecks from long ago.
ARL:UT is involved in the research, design, and employment of underwater sensors for use with unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUVs). In deploying UUVs underwater across the globe, ATL staff members are actively applying computer science, electrical engineering, physics, and material sciences to the development of advanced acoustic sensor packages for U.S. Navy systems.
Current research includes designs for radio communications systems between remote unmanned underwater vehicles and various military platforms, both air- and sea-based.

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