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Submarine Technology 2019 Agenda Highlights
NEW SUBMARINE BUILDS TO INCREASE UNDERWATER CAPABILITY
The increasing complexity of the underwater arena has led many countries to address their subsurface capabilities. Several countries are turning to joint programmes to achieve advanced submarines at reduced cost. The agenda will open with a section addressing the upcoming and ongoing submarine programmes around the world.
MAXIMISING NAVIGATIONAL CAPABILITIES FOR UNDETECTED OPERATIONS
Underwater topography, internet cables, fishing nets and other submarines are all huge threats to safe submarine operations. The solutions demand improved navigation safety, intelligence gathering and mission equipment that aids tactical situation assessments. This section will discuss the current innovations in tactical and navigation technology.
RAISING THE STANDARD FOR UNDERWATER COMMUNICATIONS
With the attenuation of signals from salt water communications are incredibly slow by today’s standards. They are susceptible to disruption, spoofing and interception so new technologies are being developed to overcome these vulnerabilities. This section will explore some of these new communication technologies and the future of their development.
FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF PROPULSION SYSTEMS
There have been multiple efforts towards the development of more powerful and quieter submarines that could help in eliminating the risk of being tracked by enemy radar. Conventional diesel-electric submarines produce lesser noise compared to nuclear submarine but challenges regarding the recharging of batteries have led to the development of Air-Independent propulsion. This section will compare these different systems and look towards the future development of propulsion systems.
BROADENING THE REACH OF UxV DEPLOYED FROM SUBMARINES
Autonomous/Unmanned Underwater systems are extending the range and accuracy of ‘over-the-horizon’ sensors. There are numerous mission types, including insertion of special forces and intelligence collection where these systems complement the capabilities of submarines. This section will explore the current development of these systems and the future capabilities they can deliver.
EXTENDING THE SCOPE OF COMBAT SYSTEMS
There is a plethora of new threats to safe and secure submarine operations including supercavitating torpedoes, enhanced surface sonar processing and increasingly complex intelligence collection platforms. Combat systems must be updated frequently to take advantage of new innovations and technologies. This section will look at new technologies and understand what the operators need from the systems.
OPTIMISING CREW PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY
The original stealth asset, submarines are riding the crest of a technological curve fuelled by military R&D coupled with huge investment from the oil & gas sector. Particular focus is being paid to improving human factors and ensuring safety for crews, be that oxygen levels, temperature, layout of working environment or escape methods. The final session will pull together the lessons from the event and impact on current and planned programmes.