Accession Number:

ADA045824

Title:

Operation of Remotely Piloted Vehicle Systems from Multi Mission Hydrofoil Ships,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV LAUREL MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

91.0

Abstract:

Results of an investigation of the feasibility of installing an Over-the-Horizon OTH Mini Remotely Piloted Vehicle RPV system on a Multi-Mission Hydrofoil Ship are reported. Analyses have been made of Hydrofoil and Mini-RPV performance, and concepts for RPV launch, mission execution, and aircraft recovery are evaluated in terms of those performance figures to determine compatibility of the concepts with hydrofoils. Technical problems and risks are also identified. It is concluded that the Hydrofoils operational environment has some characteristic features which tend to mitigate launch and recovery problems associated with wind, turbulence, and ship motions. A design for an optimized Mini RPV capable of carrying 45 lbs of OTH payload is presented, and optimum Hydrofoil ship handling procedures during operation of RPVs are described. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE