From manufacturing to weapons systems testing, SAIC is helping the U.S. Navy keep our shores safe. We’re redefining what it means to be a technology integrator.

For more than 10 years, SAIC has managed and operated the Propulsion Test Facility at the Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island. Within the facility, we operate and test MK 54 and MK 46 lightweight torpedoes and MK 48 heavyweight torpedoes.

"The MK 48 is the primary undersea weapon of the U.S. Navy fleet. It’s a deterrent and one of the reasons why our Navy is the most powerful in the world," said Program Manager Mike Lee. "In some part, SAIC has contributed to that legacy over the years." 

The Propulsion Test Facility is a one-of-a-kind facility capable of simulating a deep-sea environment for the testing of a full-size torpedo at full speed, depth, and range. Our employees run these tests to capture very unique performance data for NAVSEA.

At the facility, we also test torpedoes for radiated noise by filling a 50-foot-diameter water dome with 500,000 gallons of water to ensure that the torpedoes are not easily detected. We make sure that when submarines go to sea, our torpedoes cannot be evaded.

 

Newport team

SAIC manufactures the afterbody/tailcone sections of the MK 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedo, which control the torpedo's propulsion and steering mechanisms.

 

In addition to our test work, SAIC is now manufacturing MK 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedo afterbody/tailcone sections for NAVSEA, the first torpedo manufacturing contract for the company.

For the MK 48, we’re building and integrating the torpedo's afterbody/tailcone, often considered its engine room by the Navy. It controls the torpedo's propulsion and steering mechanisms which start the torpedo; generates and applies the power necessary to drive it from the time it is launched until it reaches its target; and ensures it maintains its course to the mark.

The majority of our MK 48 integration work takes place in Bedford, Indiana, near the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division.

"SAIC is now recognized as a tier one weapons integrator, not just a technology integrator, for the Navy. Manufacturing the MK 48 is a game changer for us, and we are proud to move the company into a new area," said Vice President of Programs Steve Rigdon.

 

Propulsion Test Facility

SAIC manages the Propulsion Test Facility, which helps ensure that torpedoes travel undetected.

 

Watch the video of SAIC’s team in Newport, Rhode Island, as they empower the Navy fleet with torpedo weapons systems testing at NUWC Division Newport.