Low Cost UUV's for Military Applications: Is the Technology Ready?
SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Unmanned undersea vehicle UUV technology received major support within the military arena during its early years of development. The support then declined just as commercial interest picked up. Today, larger UUVs are going commercial in support of offshore oilfield and pipeline route surveys. In addition, the academic community is pushing the technology in the area of smaller low-cost vehicles. Because of the high rate of commercial growth in the UUV area, the military is once again interested in the leverage provided by UUVs. This paper will review the military missions where lower cost UUVs are being considered and whether the state-of-the-art is sufficiently advanced to support these requirements.
- Submarine Engineering