Northrop Grumman Corporation recently demonstrated new cross domain approaches for autonomous undersea, surface and air vehicles to advance the Anti-Submarine Warfare mission during this year’s Annual Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport.
The demonstration featured mission management and control of a multi-vehicle collaborative autonomous system-of-systems conducting full spectrum search, detect, track, classify and engagement of submerged targets.
Northrop Grumman used data that was collected from multiple sensors from autonomous undersea, surface and air vehicles and later fused autonomously to develop a real-time tracking solution that guided another autonomous air vehicle to engage a contact for live drop of a replica torpedo, for the first time.
ANTX is an annual three-day event developed by NUWC to demonstrate future Navy technologies in a low risk environment. Government, academia and industry participants gather to showcase new capabilities to push the boundaries of what is possible in a complex environment.
“Northrop Grumman continues to invest to broaden the capabilities of individual autonomous systems and expand the ability of those unmanned systems to interoperate effectively to perform missions,” said Alan Lytle, vice president, undersea systems, Northrop Grumman. “Our mission level autonomy allows heterogeneous autonomous systems to understand the unfolding mission and dynamically re-task themselves without human intervention.”