Alion Wins $4.6M NAVSEA Contract to Examine Underwater Explosions

Photo: JJ Waickwicz, Alion Science and Technology

Alion Science and Technology today won a $4.6 million SeaPort Enhanced award contract from the U.S. Navy to analyze the effects of underwater explosions onNavy platforms.

The contract requires Alion to provide engineering and technical support for UNDEX testing, shock qualification and ship survivability programs.

The firm will develop and validate algorithms for predicting the response of test vehicles, scale models, submarines and surface ships due to UNDEX events. Alion will also develop and validate novel approaches for increasing survivability of hull structure, systems and equipment in the UNDEX response environment, according to a company release.

“UNDEX incidents pose a different threat to Navy vessels than above-water explosions because of the pressure shock wave generated by a blast below the surface,” said JJ Waickwicz, Alion senior vice president and manager of the design, engineering and technology group.

“By providing the Navy with UNDEX engineering support, Alion is enabling leaders to conduct physical security assessments of the Naval fleet for survivability and long-term performance, helping to extend the fleet’s lifecycle,” he added.

Alion’s team will examine submarines, surface ships and associated platforms for the Survivability and Weapons Effect Department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division.

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