Navy Torpedo Program: MK-48 ADCAP Propulsion System Upgrade Not Needed
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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The ADCAP upgrade is unnecessary. In January 1992, the Navy stated that the current ADCAP will meet SSN-21 requirements. The Navy now plans to use the upgrade on other submarines capable of firing the ADCAP however, the higher noise levels of these submarines could limit the upgrades benefits. The upgrade is not intended to meet and will not lead to meeting the Navys torpedo noise reduction operational requirements, nor will it significantly contribute to the technology necessary to meet those goals. In addition, the Navy has ongoing research in alternative noise reduction technologies that can be used in developing future propulsion systems.