Accession Number : ADA503362


Title :   A Survey of Missions for Unmanned Undersea Vehicles


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA


Personal Author(s) : Button, Robert W ; Kamp, John ; Curtin, Thomas B ; Dryden, James


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a503362.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 224


Abstract : Which military missions for unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) appear most promising to pursue in terms of military need, risk, alternatives, and cost? This book presents the results of a limited study performed by the RAND Corporation to address this question. At the request of the sponsor, the book also surveys UUV technologies and the UUV marketplace and makes specific programmatic recommendations and broader recommendations (such as considering the relative suitability of UUVs and unmanned surface vehicles [USVs] for many missions). The book also recommends greater emphasis on using surface platforms--instead of submarines--as launch platforms. The basis for this recommendation is that although UUVs are expected to operate in denied areas, the enhanced endurance possible through surface-ship operations will reduce the need to launch and recover UUVs within denied areas. This book should be of interest to the Department of the Navy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Congress.


Descriptors :   *UNDERWATER VEHICLES , *UNMANNED , *NAVAL OPERATIONS , *MISSIONS , ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE , INFRASTRUCTURE , INSPECTION , MILITARY OCEANOGRAPHY , SURVEILLANCE , ENDURANCE(GENERAL) , IDENTIFICATION , MINE COUNTERMEASURES


Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE