DAHLGREN, Va. –
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Engineering Dr. Brett Seidle came to Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) on Aug. 4 for a series of briefings and tours. During his visit, NSWCDD leadership, engineers and scientists updated Seidle on a wide-range of programs including the Dahlgren Proving Ground, long range fires, hypersonic research and the Optical Dazzler Interdictor Navy (ODIN) system.
In the Hypersonic Research and Integration Facility for Surface Engagement, Distinguished Engineer for Surface Engagement Systems Stephen Malyevac led the conversation. Through graphic and static displays and video content, Malyevac along with Adam Jones, head of advanced hypersonics and guided munitions, and mechanical engineer Lyn Thomas provided Seidle a comprehensive overview of the program and current capabilities.
The primary purpose of the ODIN system is to function as a lower-power laser system that is designed to blind adversarial optics and infrared sensors. However, its integrated high-power camera system can provide useful secondary functions. Integrated Engagement Systems Department scientist Nick Potter demonstrated for Seidle one of these functions through long-range video clips captured by ODIN cameras safely recording the effect of high-powered munitions striking targets.