31 Jul '13, 11pm

Navy Turns to UAVs for Help with Radar, Communications

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Scientists launched unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from a research vessel July 13-18 in a significant experiment that could help boost the Navy's radar and communications performance at sea. Sailing off Virginia Beach, Va., the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Research Vessel (R/V) Knorr explored ocean and atmospheric weather variations that can change the angle that radar and radio waves bend, making it more difficult for ships to remain undetected and hindering their ability to communicate or locate adversaries. Sponsored by ONR's Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department and the Oceanographer of the Navy, the initiative was part of Trident Warrior-a large annual fleet experiment organized by Navy Warfare Development Command. Researchers used ONR-owned ScanEagle UAVs-along with unmanned undersea and surface vehicles-to obtain accurate, real-time measu...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=75685

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