A Survey of Missions for Unmanned Undersea Vehicles
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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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.
- Submarine Engineering
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics