World’s Largest Anti-Submarine Robot Ship Ready for Sea-Trials in April

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    World’s Largest Anti-Submarine Robot Ship Ready for Sea-Trials in April

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    DARPA's ACTUV

    By Franz-Stefan Gady
    February 11, 2016


    The U.S. Navy’s largest unmanned surface vehicle designed to track Chinese and Russian subs will be christened in April.


    The Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency responsible for developing and testing cutting-edge military technologies, will test-launch the prototype of its 140-ton Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV), named Sea Hunter, in April this year, the deputy director of DARPA, Steve Walker, said, according to National Defense Magazine.

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    The Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) is developing an unmanned vessel optimized to robustly track quiet diesel electric submarines. The program is structured around three primary goals:

    • Explore the performance potential of a surface platform conceived from concept to field demonstration under the premise that a human is never intended to step aboard at any point in its operating cycle. As a result, a new design paradigm emerges with reduced constraints on conventional naval architecture elements such as layout, accessibility, crew support systems, and reserve buoyancy. The 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.
    • 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.
    • Demonstrate the capability of the ACTUV system to use its unique characteristics to employ non-conventional sensor technologies that achieve robust continuous track of the quietest submarine targets over their entire operating envelope.
    While the ACTUV program is focused on demonstrating the ASW tracking capability in this configuration, the core platform and autonomy technologies are broadly extendable to underpin a wide range of missions and configurations for future unmanned naval vessels.

    http://www.darpa.mil/program/anti-submarine-warfare-continuous-trail-unmanned-vessel
     
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    I wonder how many they are going to build. I would imagine that ACTUV would be much, much cheaper than an LCS.
     
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    It looks like its about the size of a patrol boat, I think we will build a bunch of them. Does anyone know how this will be used in the wide open oceans? Are we planning to deploy these from mother ships?
     
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    Maybe deployed via the Afloat Forward Staging Base? That is a good question though. These aren't small ships, they'll need something to support or launch them.

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    And to protect them. What's to stop an adversary from simply towing the boat away? It's unmanned, unarmed and designed to operate away from a fleet, it needs someone to watch over it.
     
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    A design like the Afloat forward staging base could be used. The front of that ship looks like it has a lot of empty space that is begging to hold a couple of VTOL UAVs that can be used as armed escorts. The Mother Ship would need to carry the sub hunters and still be safe to sail in dangerous seas. They could be placed on elevators that lower the sub killers into the water for deployment and lift them back up after the mission is complete that way the ship can handle high seas.
     
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    For some reason, it reminds me of the design of a ship in a PS1 game, probably because of the two things on the ship's port and starboard sides

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