"SEA ARCHER" Distributed Aviation Platform
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Currently, no system exists that provides a sea-based distributed aviation platform capability. The emergence of Unmanned Air Vehicles UAVs Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles UCAVs, the continued U.S. Navy focus on the littorals, the desire for force distribution, the need for operational cost reductions, and the advent of Network Centric Warfare NCW all combine to support the requirement to re-evaluate how littoral operations will be conducted in the future. Given this background, a bottom-up design of a ship supporting a primarily UAV UCAV air wing in a low to medium threat environment, is of significant interest. SEA ARCHER meets this interest. This report outlines a design that meets the future needs for distributed aviation with a high-speed, highly automated platform. Large gains in reduced manning through automated systems for both operation and damage control help meet the demanding needs for the future of the Navy at reduced operational costs.
- Marine Engineering