Northrop Grumman to Demonstrate Autonomous Network Unmanned Vehicles


August 14 (UPI) — Northrop Grumman will demonstrate autonomous unmanned undersea and unmanned surface vehicles at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise at the Naval Surface Warfare Center this week.

Network Unmanned Vehicle

The demonstration will coordinate multiple undersea and surface autonomous vehicle.  Aerial vehicle are engaged to collect target data for the enemy seabed infrastructure. Moreover, it will be followed by an undersea vehicle to engage the target.

The unmanned vehicles will be operated by a single management command. The main control in accordance with the Navy Common Control System requirements.

“Executing undersea strike with existing technology using multi-domain autonomous platforms equipped with network sensors and advanced mission management for command and control provides significant offensive and defensive capability in the maritime environment,” Northrop’s undersea warfare director Jeff Hoyle said in a press release.

The previous demonstrations last year showed undersea vehicles providing target information for air-dropped weapons. In addition, the current exercise will apply towards engagement by the undersea vehicle directly in a test environment.

ANTX is an annual three-day event designed to test new technology with academic, industry and Navy participants.

Networked unmanned vehicle autonomously will coordinate with their data-sharing and movement. Therefore, this will be a key part of future strategy for the Navy, as well as other services. In addition, use of network drones can be deployed overtime for sea mine hunting. Moreover, it can used for clearing underwater obstacles, and detection of enemy submarines and other threats.