NavyNews reports that Canadian Company GeoSpectrum has developed a version of their “Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar” (TRAPS) that is scaled to fit vessels as small as 12 meter Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV).
We talked earlier about an earlier version of this system. If it fits on a 12 meter (39’4″) USV, then it should certainly be able to fit on anything WPB or larger. If we should ever have to go to war, this might be a capability we would want to protect our harbor approaches from submarines. We would probably also want to add an ASW torpedo launching capability.
It might be worth doing some experimentation to see how it works, and if desirable, draw up plans for adding this or a similar system for mobilization. First of course we should take a look at the results of Canada’s tests.
Might also be desirable to have something like this for the Webber class cutters going to PATFORSWA, since the Iranians have a large number of small conventionally powered submarines.
Maybe it could help us find semi-submersibles smuggling drugs as well.
Not having served in either the US Navy or USCG, but having operated a boat of under 150-tons, but not towing anything. How many “Cable Length’s” are used on Cable Spool and does Drag Load by Cable Length operate similar to Tongue Load…
Lots of unknowns here, so first look at the results of Canada’s test on a Kingston class ship (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston-class_coastal_defence_vessel) three years ago, and if still worth pursuit we would need to do our own evaluation.
Being able to put a “submarine” kill on your boat would be awesome! And a great recruiting tool.
I like the idea of a SPSS killer
Perhaps open season should be declared on these type of vessels.
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