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Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion (ARCI)

This modernization effort is capitalizing on the rapid improvement in Commercial Off-The-Shelf processing performance and cost and applying it to the acoustic sensors of the submarine. While using the same sonar arrays, ARCI has demonstrated significant improvements in our submarines’ ability to detect other submarines.

COTS ARCI Performance

ARCI is also based on providing orders of magnitude improvements in processing while reducing development costs and time between system upgrades through a build-test-build process. This more rapid development process has become the standard for future combat systems and other submarine electronics. ARCI is the baseline sonar system for the VIRGINIA Class SSN and is designed to be back-fitted to existing submarines as a four-phase program shown below.


Virginia Class sonar system

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