Navy jet fighters and unmanned vehicles could create carrier-based anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability

Nov. 15, 2021
This approach could offset a serious vulnerability in America's carrier strike groups brought about by the retirement of the S-3 Viking in 2016.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A recent proposal penned by Navy and Marine Corps personnel for the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis, Md., breaks down how the Navy quickly and cheaply could turn its carrier-based jet fighters into anti-submarine warfare (ASW) weapons. Business Insider reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

15 Nov. 2021 -- With new weapons designed to engage submerged vessels, jet fighters could become dynamic submarine hunters using onboard sensors to detect submerged vessels and deploying specialized munitions to eliminate them.

Using unmanned aircraft and underwater vehicles would detect a submarine, follow it as it attempts to flee, and keep the carrier strike group and nearby ASW aircraft apprised of the submarine's location.

Navy fighters could use aerial iterations of the Mk-54 lightweight torpedo or the Compact Rapid Attack Weapon (CRAW) torpedoes currently deployed by surface ships.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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