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Unmanned Systems In Integrating Cross domain Naval Fires

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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The ability to communicate and transmit targeting data via the electromagnetic spectrum is crucial to the Navys ability to fight. However, in recent years, potential adversaries have significantly advanced their electronic warfare capabilities, obtaining an ability to interfere with the Navys use of the electromagnetic spectrum during operations in contested environments. SEA23 investigates concepts of operation focusing on future potential electromagnetic-spectrum warfighting capabilities in the 20252030 timeframe. Specifically, we explore these capabilities using modular unmanned and manned platforms capable of carrying communications and data suites to enable cross-domain targeting information in support of tactical offensive operations in a contested, denied, degraded, intermittent, and limited-bandwidth environment. This project focuses on developing a system of-systems architecture and analyzing alternatives to provide potential solutions while developing the associated concepts of operation. We recommend an architecture based on Link 16 and organic rotarywing unmanned aerial vehicles to transfer sensor to shooter data in demanding and contested environments.

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