Accession Number:

ADA561737

Title:

Light UAV Support Ship (ASW) (LUSSA)

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 23 May-5 Aug 2011

Corporate Author:

NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD

Report Date:

2011-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

With the success of unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ISR missions around the globe, the US Navy continues to re-evaluate its approach to other mission areas such as search and rescue and anti-submarine warfare ASW. Recent tests onboard Navy aircraft carriers have proven the ability to successfully launch and recover large, fixed-wing aircraft autonomously from their flight decks. With these advancing technologies, a strong interest has emerged for a small support ship to launch and recover large, fixed-wing UAVs. This project was a ten-week effort by Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program NREIP interns and NSWCCD naval architects to explore the feasibility of a light UAV support ship concept with an ASW focus. The final design integrates a new concept hull type known as the TriSWACH Trimaran, Small Waterplane Area Center Hull. The favorable stability and seakeeping attributes of the TriSWACH allow the ship to effectively perform flight operations from a vessel smaller than the Navys current destroyers. Additionally a concept of operations CONOPS was developed that allows the design to perform the entire ASW mission using only its manned and unmanned aircraft. This report describes the CONOPS and the design for a light UAV support ship with ASW capability LUSSA.

Subject Categories:

  • Aircraft
  • Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE