The NATO Science and Technology Organization’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation has developed a standard for underwater acoustic communications called JANUS, which is recognised as a NATO standard by all NATO Allies since 24 March 2017. This marks the first time that a digital underwater communication protocol has been acknowledged at international level and opens the way to develop many exciting underwater communication applications.
I think this might become important to us. It is not just a military system.
Thanks to EagleSpeak for bringing this to my attention.
A U.S. Navy glider similar to one seized by Chinese forces. US Navy Photo
The US Naval Institute News Service is reporting,
“A U.S. Navy unmanned buoyancy glider was taken by Chinese forces in international waters earlier this week, two defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Friday.
“The glider was operating with U.S. Military Sealift Command ship USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62) about 50 miles off of Subic Bay in the Philippines when a People’s Liberation Army Navy ship took the glider both defense officials said.”
It now seems obvious that Unmanned Systems (air and possibly surface and subsurface) will play a part in the Coast Guard’s future, but the service has been, perhaps understandably hesitant to commit to any particular system.
Because of the variety of proprietary systems, integrating the control systems into the organization of the controlling unit, particularly ships and aircraft, and then integrating the resulting information into a common operating picture has been problematic.
Eaglespeak reports, it looks like DOD, through the Office of Naval Research, is moving in the direction of a platform agnostic software application that will permit common hardware to control different unmanned system.
This might permit Coast Guard units which commonly control small unmanned aicraft (sUAS) to be quickly adapted to
Control a much more capable UAS.
Hunt for mines using unmanned surface (USV) or subsurface (UUV) systems.
Control optionally manned surface craft to search for smugglers or enhance asset protection.
Control UUVs towing acoustic arrays, searching for submarines.
Direct a USV equipped with AIS, lights, and signals into position to serve as a temporary aid-to-navigation.