delivers 331st sonar dome rubber window
Goodrich Corporation recently delivered its
331st sonar dome rubber window (SDRW) to the United States Navy.
Goodrich’s engineered polymer products (EPP) team in Jacksonville,
Florida has been the exclusive supplier of sonar domes for FFG-7,
DDG-51, and CG-47 class ships to the Navy and allied navies for
more than 40 years. A sonar dome is an acoustically transparent
housing that surrounds the sonar transducer array, which together
make up the sensor part of the sonar system.
DDG-51 class destroyers are the newest class of ships that use
SDRWs and are multi-mission combatants. They can conduct a variety
of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management
to sea control and power projection, in support of national military
strategy. DDG-51 class destroyers are capable of simultaneously
fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ships contain
a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support
maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.
Mounted on the bow of destroyers and cruisers, the sonar dome
surrounds and protects the ship’s sonar array while offering
minimum interference to sound transmission and reception for
enhanced detection and classification of underwater targets.
Goodrich pioneered the development of rubber wire-reinforced
surface ship sonar domes for anti-submarine surface combatants.
The rubber’s unique energy absorption and reflection properties
enhance the ships’ detection capability.