UTC Aerospace Systems has successfully delivered its first sonar dome rubber window under a new five-year contract with the US Navy.
The company’s Engineered Polymer Products (EPP) team earlier delivered sonar domes for the US Navy’s FFG-7, DDG-51, and CG-47 class ships, as well as for allied navies.
EPP is part of the Aerostructures business of UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of UTC.
Fitted on the bow of destroyers and cruisers, a sonar dome rubber window is an acoustically transparent housing, which surrounds the sonar transducer array, making the sonar’s sensor system.
The dome safeguards the sonar array of the ship, as well as providing minimum interference with the sound transmission and reception required to enhance detection and classification of underwater targets.
The rubber’s energy absorption and reflection properties enhance the ship’s detection capability.
Aerostructures president Marc Duvall said: "The drive for continuous improvement by our team at EPP and endless focus on improving our sonar systems technology, combined with the development of innovative processing techniques, uniquely positions us to offer superior acoustic technologies.
"Our proven capabilities and outstanding focus on quality have assisted in our efforts to remain the exclusive supplier of the sonar dome rubber window in support of the US Navy."
EPP has developed rubber wire-reinforced surface ship sonar domes for anti-submarine surface combatants.
UTC produces and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defence industries.