Autonomous Vehicles in Support of Naval Operations by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Naval Studies Board, Committee on Autonomous Vehicles in Support of Naval Operations

Autonomous cars (AVs) were utilized in army operations for greater than 60 years, with torpedoes, cruise missiles, satellites, and goal drones being early examples.1 they've got additionally been regular within the civilian sector--for instance, within the disposal of explosives, for paintings and dimension in radioactive environments, by means of a variety of offshore industries for either growing and preserving undersea amenities, for atmospheric and undersea examine, and by way of in computerized and robot manufacturing.

Recent army studies with AVs have always verified their price in a variety of missions, and expected advancements of AVs carry promise for more and more major roles in destiny naval operations. Advances in AV features are enabled (and constrained) through growth within the applied sciences of computing and robotics, navigation, communications and networking, strength assets and propulsion, and materials.

Autonomous autos in aid of Naval Operations is a forward-looking dialogue of the naval operational surroundings and imaginative and prescient for the army and Marine Corps and of naval project wishes and power functions and obstacles of AVs. This document considers the possibility of AVs for naval operations, operational wishes and expertise matters, and possibilities for enhanced operations.

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Pdf>. Accessed on May 13, 2005. 4Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense. 2003. S. , April. Available online at . Accessed on May 13, 2005. 18 AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES IN SUPPORT OF NAVAL OPERATIONS transformational capability is one that enables (1) superior information position, (2) high-quality shared awareness, (3) dynamic self-coordination, (4) dispersed forces, (5) de-massed forces, (6) deep sensor reach, (7) compressed operations and levels of war, (8) rapid speed of command, and (9) ability to alter initial conditions at increased rates of change.

UUVs can help in detecting and countering submarines by deploying and monitoring various sonar sensors and other seafloor devices, tagging the submarines, and, when appropriate, attacking them. UAVs can also play a role as a platform for sensors such as blue-green laser radars, dipping sonars, and magnetic anomaly detection devices, and for dropping weapons. Countering Surface Craft. A serious threat to surface ships in a littoral region today is swarms of small boats armed with mounted or shoulder-fired weapons or carrying explosives detonated by ramming one of the ships.

Countering Mines. Mines are a major impediment to naval forces in the littorals. They are relatively inexpensive and can be widely deployed in the sea, in the surf, on the beach, and on land—and they can be very difficult to detect in any of these environments. 16 After decades of alternating periods of very brief emphasis and very long neglect in this area, the Navy now has under way a number of promising developments that together may form the basis for a more effective countermine capability.

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