ASW Transformational Concepts and Capabilities—Near- and Mid-Term
The Advanced Deployable System (ADS) is an example of the transformational potential of off-board distributed systems that is likely to become a central part of the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS). It consists of a series of passive, bottom-fixed, battery-powered hydrophones connected to one another and linked to a processing site ashore or afloat by fiber optic cables or radio signals. Given relatively short notice, current technology trends suggest that a system could be deployed on demand to provide reliable subsurface awareness, the number of sensors set out being dependent on the prevailing acoustic environment. IUSS will also be given considerable boost in capability by a high-powered, low frequency active (LFA) acoustic system that will provide long-range detections in most conditions.
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