Navy opens test facility for sea-based war systems

The Navy's surface and submarine divisions now have a venue to test technologies for integrated sea-based warfighting systems, with the July 2 opening of the Navy Open Architecture Test Facility at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Va.

John Young, the Navy's assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition, pushed for the opening of the test facility.

Development of the center also was supported by warfare center engineers, the Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems, and the DD(X) warship computing team from Raytheon Co.

The test facility includes more than 200 computers with multiple operating systems providing computing and network power to exchange and process more than 200 billion bits of information per second, according to a wire report from the Naval Sea Systems Command.

The Navy's open-architecture initiative is intended to establish open-system architectures for warfighting systems to promote interoperability, officials said.

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