Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Testing, and Engineering, Dr. Brett Seidle came to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Aug. 4 for a series of briefings and tours. During his visit, NSWCDD management, engineers, and scientists briefed Seidle on a wide range of programs, including the Dahlgren Proving Ground, long-range fires, hypersonic research, and the Optical Dazzler Interdictor Navy system ( Odin).
In the Hypersonic Research and Integration Facility for Surface Engagement, Stephen Malyevac, Distinguished Engineer for Surface Engagement Systems, led the conversation. Through graphical and static displays and video content, Malyevac and Adam Jones, Manager of Advanced Hypersonics and Guided Munitions, and Mechanical Engineer Lyn Thomas provided Seidle with a comprehensive overview of the program and current capabilities. .
The primary purpose of the ODIN system is to function as a low power laser system designed to blind enemy optical and infrared sensors. However, its built-in high-powered camera system can provide useful secondary functions. Integrated Engagement Systems Department scientist Nick Potter demonstrated one of these functions for Seidle through long-range video clips captured by ODIN cameras safely recording the effect of high-powered munitions striking targets.