Autonomy at Unmanned Sytems

Autonomy at Unmanned Sytems 6 September, 2016

Northrop Grumman conducted a demonstration that allowed unrelated autonomous unmanned systems to communicate and collaborate during the Annual Naval Technology Exercise. In the course of three-day military exercise, held in August at Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Rhode Island,  a Kongsberg REMUS 600 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), two Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider unmanned surface vehicles (USV), and a manned helicopter representing a Northrop Grumman Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle (VTUAV) were connected, all of which linked back to a command centre. The AUV and USV were connected using acoustic communications while the USV and the surrogate UAV were connected using radio frequency (RF) communications. It has been demonstrated that data collected from multiple sensors enable to develop a real-time tracking and thus, the UAV will be able to engage and fire autonomously. Northrop stated that this communication between autonomous systems was developed to enhance mission effectivity.

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