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Aviation, Force Projection and Integrated Defense

Code 35

This department supports the Navy’s air warfare and weapons needs, fostering the technology development of naval aviation platforms, kinetic weapons, directed energy and electric weapons.


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Sea-Based Aviation

ONR leverages the resources of academia, industry and the Navy to address Sea-Based Aviation by making it the fifth National Naval Responsibility (NNR). NNRs exist to highlight areas where the Navy and Marine Corps depend on robust, long-term research that may not be driven otherwise by commercial demand. The designation addresses science and technology (S&T) challenges associated with sea-based aircraft operations. Sea-based aviation NNR will help ensure ONR continues focusing on necessary S&T talent and resources to meet future aviation needs specific to the Navy and Marine Corps.

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Enduring Research Responsibilities

This department supports the following research areas:

  • Autonomy
  • Aerodynamics
  • Directed Energy (DE) & Counter DE
  • Energetic Materials
  • Flight Dynamics & Control
  • High-Speed and Hypersonics
  • Propulsion
  • Structures and Materials


  • Office of Naval Research LOCUST at-sea 30 UAV flight aboard Sea Fighter.

    This division is structured into three major categories: air platforms, kinetic weapons and directed energy weapons. The division conducts basic and early applied research in the following enduring research areas.

    Aerospace Science Research

  • The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf.

    The Air Warfare and Naval Weapons Applications Division creates naval-unique applied research and advanced technology aligned with current and Future Naval Capability (FNC) gaps and Innovative Naval Prototypes (INPs).

    Air Warfare and Naval Weapons Applications