[Rushtalk] Next Generation Anti Submarine Tracking
John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at verizon.net
Wed Aug 5 09:47:52 MDT 2015
At 05:05 AM 8/5/2015, Carl Spitzer wrote:
>Hope it doesn't run Windows!!!
Probably runs Windows
3.11.................(which, oddly enough, is the
last completely trouble-free Windows prog that
never crashed and worked EXACTLY as advertised). - jaq
>US Navy to Deploy Robot Ships to Track Chinese and Russian Subs
>Work on the U.S. Navys new anti-submarine drone
>is progressing and thats bad news for diesel-electric subs.
> Gady June 30, 2015 Diesel-electric submarines
> are cheaper and quieter than their nuclear
> counterparts and they are rapidly being
> procured by states opposed to the national interests of the United States.
>While not capable of traveling long distances or
>at great speed, diesel-electric submarines have
>the potential to deny the U.S. Navy access to
>strategic coastal areas and could also interrupt
>seaborne commerce. Equipped with air-independent
>propulsion systems and advanced lithium-ion
>batteries, the next generation of
>diesel-electric boats will even be harder to
>track down and destroy in the event of a naval conflict.
>Picking up the quiet hum of a battery-powered,
>diesel-electric submarine in busy coastal waters
>is like trying to identify the sound of a single
>car engine in the din of a major city, Rear
>Admiral Frank Drennan, commander of the Naval
>Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command,
>in March 2015.
>Consequently, the United States military has
>been exploring options for some time now how to
>best counter this emerging asymmetrical threat.
>Back in 2010, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research
>Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency responsible
>for developing emerging technologies for the
>militarys use, initiated a research project to
>develop an anti-submarine drone a robot ship
>capable of tracking enemy subs in shallow waters.
>The prototype of the U.S. Navys robot ship, the
>Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned
>Vessel (ACTUV), is designed to operate
>autonomously for 60 to 90 days straight, surveil
>large stretches of ocean territory and should
>an enemy sub be spotted guide other U.S. naval
>assets to the vessels location to destroy it
>(the ACTUV itself is unarmed). The ACTUV
>prototype, named Sea Hunter, will be ready for
>extensive sea-trials in the fall of 2015,
>website outlines that the ACTUVs objective is
>to generate a vessel design that exceeds
>state-of-the art platform performance to provide
>propulsive overmatch against diesel electric
>submarines at a fraction of their size and cost.
>Furthermore, the ACTUV program is trying to
>fulfill the following requirements:
> Advance unmanned maritime system autonomy to
> enable independently deploying systems capable
> of missions spanning thousands of kilometers of
> range and months of endurance under a sparse
> remote supervisory control model. This includes
> autonomous compliance with maritime laws and
> conventions for safe navigation, autonomous
> system management for operational reliability,
> and autonomous interactions with an intelligent adversary.
>Autonomous compliance with maritime laws
>requires the correct identification of surface
>ships and other objects while at sea. DARPA is
>in the process of developing non-conventional
>sensor technologies for that purpose and issued
>a Request for Information (RFI) back in March 2015.
>DARPA program manager Ellison Urban, quoted by
>explains the rationale behind the U.S. Navys push for robot ships:
> Instead of chasing down these submarines and
> trying to keep track of them with expensive
> nuclear powered-submarines, which is the way we
> do it now, we want to try and build this at
> significantly reduced cost. It will be able to
> transit by itself across thousands of
> kilometers of ocean and it can deploy for
> months at a time. It can go out, find a
> diesel-electric submarine, and just ping on it.
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