WTD 71 - Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Schiffe und Marinewaffen, Maritime Technologie und Forschung
The Defense Technical Service for Ships and Naval Weapons, Maritime Technology and Research (WTD 71) belongs to the division of the Federal Office for Equipment, Informationtechnology and Use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw). In the WTD 71, tasks in all areas of maritime defense technology and defense research are processed. It provides the technical expertise in the field of maritime research and development to equip the federal navy with suitable and safe maritime defense armament as necessary.
The WTD 71 is at the same timeas a federal institution with departmental research giving the central technical-scientific naval armament capacity. The aim of all activities of the agency is to make the German Navy operationally safe and functional on capable devices, systems, boats and ships.
The WTD 71 forms with its capability network from technical expertise, maritime scientific competence, methodological knowledge and technical and scientific experimental surveying infrastructure is the link between the products (overall system ship, theShare of platform and deployment system, systems, Individual devices, equipment), the military Capability requirements of the German Navy, project management at BAAINBw, as well as the defense industry and external scientific institutions. One of the agency's strengths lies in its extensive international and interdepartmental profile, which can be found in the variety of international cooperation.
The WTD71 has a certified quality management system that ensures continuous improvement of securing processes and procedures. There are currently around 700 employees who share their know-how for development, testing and procurement of naval weapon systems. Scientists and engineers, well-trained and experienced technicians, manual workers and seafarers have used the WTD 71 as a capacity in maritime defense technology.
With the industrial and technical training the WTD 71 makes an active contribution to gaining growth for the Bundeswehr. It enjoys an excellent reputation within the country and poses regularly the best of the year in the respective training. The department consists of a total of nine properties that are distributed all over Schleswig-Holsteinare. Focal points of the performanc of the tasks supported with the integrated verification tests. Findings from the projects in the integrated verification process can be obtained, going directly into skill demands for future projects.
They give at the same time Impulses for new research needs or for the development of new or further existing technologies. In the implementation phase in the procurement process the Bundeswehr will find technical solutions opportunities to close a skill gap(e. These include thefunctional chains, systems and individual componentsnents.
The WTD 71 works with the various contractors and subcontractors in the design, specification, integration of com-components to form an overall system. This also applies to the development of the corresponding test specifications. Another focus is the examination of technical documentation.
The duties of the department are divided into five Business areas.
The focus of the division »Weaponssystem Schiff« lies in the integration of components and systems into a functionaland reliable weapon system. This includes especially activities related to tests and evidence as well as the determination of further operating parameters and functional limits.
The division "Ship Technology, Stand Power" handles technical ship tasks that are related to the development, procurement and use of ships and boats. In addition to shipbuilding, this includes propulsion technology, industrial engineering and electrical engineering. The special area include shock and vibration security.
To the main tasks of the business area »Education, effect, self-protection« belongs the investigation and provision of technology for the further development and defense of maritime weapons. The staff working in the field Earth's magnetic field simulator of underwater weapons. On the one hand with the technology in the areas of hydrodynamics, drive technologies, energy storage, measurement and control technology. To the others, the sensors underwater and associated signal processing for mine hunting is a major focus. Continue the investigation of weapon effects is part of the Business area. To do this, among other things efforts to validate modelsor simulations carried out.
The division »Sensor Technology, Signatures, Representation in the CSSM « works on the military, maritime sensors and ship ssgnatures that are used for passive ship protection. Furthermore, the business the German employees at the internationalonal Center for Ship Signature Management (DEU-NLD). In the UK, the various measuring points operated for signatures (e.g. Aschauor Borgstedt).
In the »Underwater Location and Communication « , all tasks arehang with SONAR, structure, air- and water-borne sound as well as underwater communication. The methods of acoustic propagation and backscatter modeling is used to make forecasts on the performance of sonar and underwater to create communication systems and evaluate alternatives. The maritime environment completes the range of topics of the business area.
WTD 71’s competence is the result of its highly specialized facilities in conjunction with the expertise of its 600 staff members. The 200 graduate scientists and engineers, together with qualified and experienced technicians, craftspersons and mariners, are the most important resource of the agency. WTD 71 is equipped with state-of-the-art data acquisition and evaluation systems, within budgetary limits. Simulations and studies are carried out with the appropriate hardware and software.
Owing to its geographic location and in accordance with the mission of the German Navy, the Technical Center is exceedingly competent in the operation of ships and naval equipment in coastal and shallow waters. This specialized knowledge is gaining global importance with a view to new scenarios in the deployment of crisis response forces.
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