THE IMPACT OF UNMANNED UNDERWATER VEHICLES TECHNOLOGY ON COMBAT SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
The domain of underwater has represented for a long time a challenging environment for the implementation of technologies for discovering threats represented by submarines. Passive hydrolocation equipment on board warships have historically been confronted with technological limitations caused not only by the low acoustic imprint of submarine targets but also by a high threshold of false positive alerts due to industrial activities in coastal areas. In addition, the technological constraints and the high costs imposed by the fixed positioning of the active or passive detection sensors allowed submarines to have a wide variety of operating spaces for insidious maneuvering. However, the technological impact of the new combat systems adapted to the submarine environment, mobile and equipped with active sensors in the field of autonomous underwater vehicles, changes this status quo and creates major vulnerabilities on the infallibility of the submarine’s secret actions. These new discovery capabilities, combined with intel information processing systems and programs to support decision making will have a significant impact on understanding the operational-strategic situation in the underwater combat environment.
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