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originally posted by: BASSPLYR
a reply to: Zaphod58
Not if the signal seems like anything other than a signal and is encrypted. For example two whale poops and a shark fart equals message received. A shoal of fish plus two sea lions barking equals launch all missiles immediately.
One potential solution is to carry out optical communications using a laser, a concept which has been around since the 1980s when experiments were carried out to demonstrate that it is possible to maintain an optical channel between a submarine and an airborne platform.
The Quantum Technologies group at defence technology specialist ITT Exelis is looking at taking this a step further through research into the feasibility of laser optical communication between a submarine and a satellite or an airborne platform, secured by using quantum information.
Operating under support of the Los Angeles class submarine USS Providence (SSN
719) and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center-Newport Division (NUWC-NPT), the
NRL developed XFC UAS -eXperimentalFuel Cell Unmanned Aerial System - was
fired from the submarine's torpedo tube using a 'Sea Robin' launch vehicle
system. The Sea Robin launch system was designed to fit within an empty
Tomahawk launch canister (TLC) used for launching Tomahawk cruise missiles
already familiar to submarine sailors.
Once deployed from the TLC, the Sea Robin launch vehicle with integrated XFC
rose to the ocean surface where it appeared as a spar buoy. Upon command of
Providence Commanding Officer, the XFC then vertically launched from Sea Robin
and flew a successful several hour mission demonstrating live video
capabilities streamed back to Providence, surface support vessels and Norfolk
before landing at the Naval Sea Systems Command Atlantic Undersea Test and
Evaluation Center (AUTEC), Andros, Bahamas.
The Navy will deploy its first underwater drones from Virginia-class attack submarines for the first time in history later this year, the Navy's director of undersea warfare said Monday.
The deployment will include the use of the Remus 600 Unmanned Underwater Vehicles, or UUVs, performing undersea missions in strategic locations around the globe, Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, told Military.com at the Navy League's Sea Air Space annual symposium at National Harbor, Md.
"Now you are talking about a submarine CO who can essentially be in two places at the same time – with a UUV out deployed which can do dull, dirty and dangerous type missions. This allows the submarine to be doing something else at the same time," Tofalo said. "UUVs can help us better meet our combatant command demand signal. Right now, we only meet about two-thirds of our combatant commanders demand signals and having unmanned systems is a huge force multiplier."