LOS ANGELES, CA – May 31, 2011 – Qual-Pro Corporation, an industry leading electronics manufacturing service provider for high-reliability, mission-critical electronics, today announced it has completed its support in the manufacturing of a state-of-the-art undersea training system called BSURE for the US Navy. BSURE stands for Barking Sands Underwater Range Expansion and is located off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
Qual-Pro produced some of the shore-based electronics required to operate the system.
"The team outdid itself in the development of a state-of-the-art undersea training system," said Capt. John Feeney, PMA-205 program manager. "The new system will greatly enhance training capabilities of all those engaged in undersea warfare."
BSURE comprises the biggest part of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) - the largest underwater tracking range in the world.
The newly refurbished BSURE is proving to be a boon to naval undersea training, according to Jim Hager, the PMRF underwater systems manager. A recent submarine commanders course (SCC) tested BSURE's capabilities, which it passed "with flying colors," said Hager. The new system supported the SCC 24 hours per day for several days.
Once in place, tested and evaluated, the refurbished BSURE's capabilities were found to be so reliable that it has become the primary source of data, although the current system is still in place, Hager said.
Hager said training exercises using the new system have "absolutely" been a positive experience.
Navy training exercises at the range are diverse and can encompass submarines, ships and aircraft. In February, BSURE was the site of a Chief of Naval Operations-sponsored research and development project that tested new software changes to the latest MK-48 torpedo.
"All in all, the new BSURE has performed exceptionally well, due to the commitment of highly experienced people," said Hager. "We took advantage of many decades of experience, and that's why we were successful. I think it's a real tribute to the people involved."