Friday, November 16, 2007

Can 'Deep Siren' be Set to Stun?

Raytheon just got a $5.2 million contract to refine the Deep Siren communications system. The proven system allows submarines to communicate extended distances (150 miles or more) in real time at usual operating speeds and depths. No longer is there danger of revealing position to establish secured (encrypted) satellite communication with surface commanders anywhere in the world.

Deep Siren brings submarines more fully into JC3I (joint Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence) compatibility. This means improved participation in the spectrum of fleet operations.

The early version was described as a paging system (one-way communications). This graphic and various descriptions clearly show 2-way communications, however. Buoys are one option, but would certainly hint a submarine within 150 miles (or much closer in shallower waters), so if a skimmer threw a buoy out near a boatload of bubbleheads, it could risk making them sitting ducks, not to mention falling into the wrong hands.

There must be (security would demand so) a lot missing from system descriptions. Let's suppose what has just been announced to the world is slightly more devious than even the 'pager system.' Suppose some of those acoustic buoys could be set to stun by dropping them in the wrong areas as decoys (surprise), or by going active to paint submerged targets (surprise) for all attackers? Who cares if a name really fits when advantage is needed?

Another option is a towing the apparatus behind the skimmer. Not so difficult to believe some are still describing a paging system, is it? More here, but the ranges are low. Here is a public data sheet. Very nice.

Submarines, of course, are always silent and strange.



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