Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR)
The Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission must be part of any precursor operations before Mine Countermeasure (MCM) or Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operations proceed. AUVs are particularly well suited for ISR because they offer persistence, the integration of a wide and constantly changing range of sensors, the ability to go where other platforms cannot, and deployability from surface, air, and subsurface assets including other unmanned assets.
As identified in the U.S. Navy Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) Master Plan (November 9, 2004), “UUVs are uniquely suited for information collection due to their ability to operate at long standoff distances, operate in shallow water areas, operate autonomously, and provide a level of clandestine capability not available with other systems. UUVs extend the reach of their host platforms into inaccessible or contested areas. UUVs also act as a force multiplier by increasing the number of sensors in the battlespace.”
Because of their unique capabilities, AUVs fit well into a networked battlespace information system as remote and mobile sensors. AUVs are particularly versatile platforms as they offer decision makers access to critical data that is otherwise extremely costly—in terms of both manpower and asset availability—to obtain.
Bluefin products that address this application include: