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Ballistic Missile Submarines

Columbia-class-e1659913870291Ballistic missile submarines, also known as “boomers,” are nuclear-powered submarines armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). They provide a strategic deterrent capability by maintaining a hidden and mobile platform for nuclear weapons. Ballistic missile submarines can launch missiles from underwater, making them difficult to detect and intercept. Examples include the Ohio Class Submarines and the Columbia Class Submarines.

Point of Inertia Spin Balance Single Axis Moment Weight Scales

Physical Properties Systems

Mass properties instruments are used to measure and analyze the weight distribution, center of gravity, and moments of inertia of ballistic missile submarines. These measurements are essential for ensuring the stability, maneuverability, and overall performance of the submarines. Mass properties instruments help engineers optimize the design and balance of the submarines and ensure their safe operation. Products requiring measurements include:

  • Ballistic Missiles
  • Payload Modules
  • Equipment and Systems: Propulsion systems, navigation equipment, communication systems, sensor arrays
  • Ballast Tanks: control buoyancy and trim
  • Torpedoes and Countermeasures
Single Axis Moment Weight Scales

Igniter Circuit Testers

Ballistic missile submarines are equipped with advanced propulsion systems for launching missiles. Igniter circuit testers are used to test and diagnose the ignition systems of these propulsion systems. They ensure that the igniter circuit is functioning properly, contributing to reliable missile launches and operation. This is crucial for the effectiveness and safety of the submarines’ missile capabilities. Products requiring ICT’s include:

  • Ballistic Missile Ignition Systems
  • Rocket Motors
  • Critical firing circuits
  • Ignition Systems
  • Fire Suppression Systems
Hydraulic pressure calibrator hand pump

Pressure and Temperature Systems

Pressure, temperature, torque, and force calibrators are essential for maintaining the accuracy and reliability of various products and components on Submarines. By regularly calibrating these measurement tools and systems, operators can ensure precise measurements, accurate data acquisition, and safe operations on the submarine and its associated systems.

  • Electronics
  • Sensors and Transducers
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Maintenance Tools and Equipment
  • Life Support Apparatus
Hydraulic pressure calibrator hand pump
Model 3646 Portable Instrument Cleaning System

Instrument Cleaning and Contamination Prevention

Aircraft carriers are exposed to various contaminants, including saltwater, dust, and debris. Proper cleaning and contamination control measures are essential to maintain the accuracy and reliability of the carriers’ instruments and sensors. Regular cleaning and maintenance help prevent sensor malfunctions, inaccuracies, and failures, ensuring the optimal performance of the carriers and their onboard systems.

  • Electronics
  • Optical Systems
  • Gauges and Transducers
  • Fuel Systems
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Life Support Instruments
Model 3646 Portable Instrument Cleaning System
orion crew module fiber optic radiometer

Thermal Systems

Heat flux sensors, infrared radiometers, and thermocouples are used on ballistic missile submarines to monitor and assess thermal conditions. They help detect and manage issues such as excessive heat generation, thermal stress, or cooling inefficiencies. By providing real-time temperature data and heat transfer measurements, these sensors contribute to the safe and effective operation of the submarines’ propulsion systems, electronics, and other critical components. Products requiring these instruments include:

  • Missile Launch Systems
  • Propulsion Systems
  • Weapons and Torpedo Systems
orion crew module fiber optic radiometer