Wednesday, January 11, 2017

U.S. Navy's Advanced Tactics: Autonomous Swarming & Spoofing

Yesteryear

Molten Eagle first heralded the swarming concept in September of 2005.  Eleven years later the U.S. is closer to fleet deployment at will.  By 2013, ME had also realized and predicted that one of the best uses of AUVs was going to be spoofing enemy surface and submarine warships.

Although the U.S. Navy has yet to admit spoofing acoustic signals to mimic subs of foreign nations, this has been a useful practice for half a century.  The possibilities to decoy and to deceive (false flag) are practically endless. No navy wants to boast about such capabilities, however.

So as seas fill with costly subs from more nations than ever, operated by seamen (and women) with less experience than ever, and needing more refueling and in-port maintenance than U.S. nuclear subs do, advantage beneath the seas is assured in peacetime.  

But as foreign sailors eventually learn to operate their subs as quietly and safely as designed, the noises of age will begin plaguing their vaunted and costly vessels whether AIPs or nucs.  Overdue maintenance prematurely ruins missions with embarrassing tows back to port. Have you noticed how often tugs have accompanied foreign (even Chinese and Russian) subs far from their homeports?

The Future...


In wartime advantage will be leveraged by the abilities of U.S. surface vessels, aircraft and subs to launch specialized AUVs in overwhelming numbers.  Spoofing? Of course! But for now, read on to see only what IS admittedly available (video, also).

Submarines are always silent and strange.

 

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