NAVY C4ISR AND UNMANNED SYSTEMS
UNMANNED SURFACE VEHICLES
UNMANNED SURFACE VEHICLES
REMOTE MINEHUNTING SYSTEM (RMS)
BRIEFING: The WLD- 1 RMS is designed to detect, classify and
report the position of bottom and moored mines in deep and shallow waters. The RMS includes an unmanned semi-submersible
vehicle — the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV) — to provide
organic minehunting capability. The RMMV is a snorkeled, diesel-powered craft launched from a mother ship and dispatched along a
programmed search pattern. The sensors onboard the RMS include
a forward-looking sonar, side-scanning sonar and a variable-depth
towed AQS-20A sonar. Contacts of interest are transmitted to the
mother ship from the RMMV’s radio mast. The RMS will be
deployed with the mine countermeasures mission package on littoral combat ships. Launch handling and recovery testing was completed on USS Independence in August 2013.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Lockheed Martin Corp.
MODULAR UNMANNED SURFACE
CRAFT, LITTORAL (MUSCL)
BRIEFING: The MUSCL is a two-man-portable unmanned surface
craft designed to perform repetitive, tedious ISR tasks for riverine
forces. The MUSCL will monitor suspicious vessels, personnel, and
activities along shorelines, waterways, bridges, and piers. The first
three MUSCLs were delivered Nov. 1, 2011, to Riverine Group One.
DEVELOPER: ...............PEO Littoral Combat Ships
MINE HUNTING UNMANNED SURFACE
BRIEFING: The MHU is an unmanned 11-meter RHIB equipped
with a winch to deploy the AQS-24A mine-detection sonar body.
The MHU is dispatched on preplanned mission search tracks,
deploying and recovering the AQS-24A. Sensor data is transmitted via data link to a control station on ship or shore. Two MHUs
have been deployed to the Persian Gulf.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Northrop Grumman Corp.
UNMANNED INFLUENCE SWEEP
BRIEFING: The UISS is a stand-off, semi-autonomous system
designed with the capability to counter acoustic and/or magnetic mines. It is towed by a USV and is to be deployed in the mine
countermeasures package for littoral combat ships. Two prototypes are being tested at the Naval Surface Warfare Center
Panama City, Fla. The engineering development models are
being competitively bid. IOC is planned for 2016.
CON TRACTOR: ........... TBD
MAJOR UNMANNED SYSTEMS
BRIEFING: The MQ-4C Triton Broad-Area Maritime
Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial system (UAS) will be a
forward-deployed, land-based, remotely operated system that
provides a persistent maritime ISR capability using a multisensor mission payload (maritime radar, electro-optical/infrared,
electronic support measures, automatic identification system
and basic communications relay) at planned operational ranges
up to 2,000 nautical miles. The MQ-4C will provide combat
information to operational and tactical users such as the
Expeditionary Strike Group, Carrier Strike Group and the Joint
Forces Maritime Component Commander. MQ-4C-collected
data posted to the Global Information Grid will support a variety of operations and associated intelligence activities.
In April 2008, Northrop Grumman Corp. was awarded the
System Development and Demonstration contract, leveraging the
U.S. Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 20 design to provide the
initial air vehicle baseline. From this baseline, the Navy has made
improvements for reliability, maintainability, all-weather capability
and maritime performance. Developmental Test & Evaluation began
in late 2011 and two initial developmental aircraft have been built.
The MQ-4C’s first flight occurred on May 22, 2013. The first
two MQ-4C — SDD- 1 and 2 — were delivered to the VX- 20 at
Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md., in September
2014 to begin Navy test and evaluation. The SDD- 2 made its
first flight on Oct. 15, 2014, and has arrived at Patuxent River.
A third Triton owned by Northrop Grumman was expected to
arrive at Patuxent River in fall 2014.
The two System Development Test Articles — the fourth and
fifth Tritons to be built — will join the fleet for Early Operational
Capability in late 2017 after they go through initial operational test
and evaluation. Low-rate initial production is expected to be
approved in 2015 and begin in 2016.
IOC is scheduled for fiscal 2018. The Triton will reach IOC
when four operational MQ-4Cs are available for one orbit,
achieving the ability to maintain a continuous orbit from a
deployment site. At Full Operational Capability, the MQ-4C will
support up to five maritime orbits worldwide as a key opera-
tional platform in maintaining maritime domain awareness.
The Navy plans to procure 68 MQ-4Cs in addition to the two
SDD prototypes. The first of two operational Triton squadrons,
VUP- 19, is forming at NAS Jacksonville, Fla., and is expected to
build up to 500 personnel and 12 MQ-4Cs. VUP- 11 will be
established at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., as the second oper-
ational squadron. The two operational squadrons together MINE HUNTING UNMANNED SURFACE VEHICLE