Accession Number:

ADD020021

Title:

Submarine Launched Unmanned Combat Vehicle Replenishment

Descriptive Note:

Patent Application, Filed 11 May 2001

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2002-05-21

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

A system and method is provided to replenish a submarines tactical capabilities, e.g., weapons, sensors and communications, while the submarine remains within a hostile environment. One or more Underwater Combat Vehicles UCVs are pre-positioned at strategic locations or are launched from a surface andor airborne platform. The UCVs include full tactical capabilities, which can attach to and be integrated with a submarines capabilities. To initiate replenishment, a submarine broadcasts a signal, or dispatches one of the UCVs under its direct control, to make contact with one of the pre-positioned UCVs or with a central command platform. The pre-positioned UCVs are programmed to search for and locate the submarine. This can either be accomplished using signals broadcast from the submarine, or using UCV internal navigation systems and a last known position for the submarine. Once located, communication between the submarine and UCV allows docking of the UCV onto the submarine.

Subject Categories:

  • Submarine Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE