- Anti Submarine Warfare – ASW
ROASW – Remote Operation ASW System.
ROASW system is the most modern and advance ASW system based on sonobuoys in the world covering the main requirements of the new ASW missions:
- The forces deployed should be restricted to a Secure Friendly Maneuver Area (SMA) with the aim to preserve the security of the coast, for this reason, smaller and faster combat ships (OPV and Patrols) have to take part in the ASW mission.
- Network Centric Warfare (NCW) to interchange tactical and intelligence information with other platforms deployed for the ASW mission.
- The use of distant platforms without the need of a dedicated operator (manned/unmanned air vehicles) are needed to preserve the security of the resources deployed.
ROASW system combines ship’s autonomy and endurance with the flexibility, velocity and mobility of the air vehicle. In the offensive field, control, detection and attack distance is enhanced.
SAES has manufactured the ROASW system with the objective to give solutions for the new ASW requirements::
- ROASW allows to be installed in small combatants ships (500-2000 tones) like OPV, FAC or patrols.
- ROASW implements the new SAES application Tactical Interchangeability ASW (TIASW) that permits to collaborate in a Network Centric Warfare (NCW) interchanging tactical and intelligence information with other platforms deployed for the ASW mission.
- Through the ROASW-Airborne Segment (ROASW-AS), the ROASW makes use of the distant and elevated platforms without the need of a dedicated operator.
ROASW SYSTEM CAPABILITIES
- ROASW is a two Segment System – AS (Airborne Segment) & SS (Surface Segment):
- ROASW-AS is a distant and elevated platform for sensors. The ROASW-AS provides remote ASW capabilities without the need of a dedicated sensor.
- ROASW-SS: Controls and monitors ROASW-AS operation from the Surface Segment. Through the data link (STANAG 7085 compliance), acoustic and non-acoustic sensors (RADAR & FLIR) and tactical data are downlinked and interchanged with other Surface Segments through either a Line Of Sight (LOS) or through Satellite (SATCOM).
- Easy to install and maintain: Small footprint, less weight and low maintenance (LRU approach) capable to be installed in small combats ships like OPV, FAC or Patrols..
- Tactical Capabilities:
- Provide a wide set of tools and aids for mission planning, direction and control.
- Ground Support Equipment (GSE) available to load mission data and to unload digitized SBY data and annotation data after mission completion.
- Acoustic Capabilities:
- SBYs acoustic signal processing (Analog & Digital SBYs).
- On-board recording (according STANAG 4283), of the received SBY information together with the annotation and complementary data.
- Fats post-mission acoustic signal analysis (FTAS) providing reproduction in real, fast and slow time speed of the SBYs recorded during the ASW mission in order to confirm and classify contacts obtained during the mission.
- Receive SBY uplink information from deployed analog and digital sonobuoys.
- Acquire and process the selected SBY data.
- The ROASW-AS relays SBY data together with the annotation and complementary data, AWR and FLIR/TV video to the ROASW-SS.
- Control deployed SBYS through UHF commands.
- Network Centric Warfare:
- Communication Surface-To-Helo (S2H): from the ROASW-AS tactical, intelligence and acoustic information is transmitted through a data link (STANAG 7085) towards the ROASW-SS.
- Communication Surface-To-Surface (S2S): tactical and intelligence information is interchanged between two ROASW-SS platforms.
- Communication Surface-To-Satellite (S2SAT): tactical and intelligence information is interchanged beyond LOS (Line Of Sight) capability through a satellite network.