Full Spectrum Undersea Warfare (FSUSW) Innovative Naval Prototype (INP)

The goal of this INP is to develop prototype systems and integrated legacy and emerging capabilities and associated tactical decision aids and training capabilities to deliver timely and meaningful effects in and from the undersea domain and improve the Navy’s ability to conduct Full Spectrum Undersea Warfare. The INP encourages and welcomes participation from across the Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE). The INP is designed to integrate efforts across the Science and Technology (S&T) and Research and Development (R&D) portfolios of government, academia and industry. The INP will integrate new products or capabilities with others that have been or are being developed by the Navy and DoD Research Enterprise into novel systems to expand the range of lethal and non-lethal effects that the warfighter can deliver from and within the undersea domain.

The INP will develop products, integrate new and existing products into undersea systems, and will engage with Undersea Warfare Development Command (UWDC) and Naval Warfighting Development Command (NWDC) to include technology innovation gaming and synchronized Capability Development (CAPDEV) fed by the developmental activities of external partners. In this way, the CAPDEV processes enables the FSUSW INP to provide feedback to the technology developers to assure the technology directly supports the warfighter completing operational and tactical missions vice just demonstrating a new technology.  FSUSW INP will leverage fleet experimentation venues including Live, Virtual, and Constructive experimentation and modeling to ensure that the capabilities under development achieve priority effects chain requirements.  The FSUSW INP is focused on delivering capabilities in sync with operators, OPNAV, acquisition and warfighting procedures/doctrine and is aligned to COCOMs, Joint Maritime Component Commanders and Fleet priorities.

The FSUSW INP activities started in FY21 with five targeted projects. Two of these are focused on delivering effects related to the emerging Subsea and Seabed Warfare (SSW) warfare area, and three are focused on delivering effects through advanced undersea payloads and payload delivery systems associated for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting (ISR&T) and Counter-ISR&T. These five projects are led by ONR Program Officers from Code 32, Code 31 (Information, Cyber, and Spectrum Superiority), and Code 33 (Mission Capable, Persistent, and Survivable Naval Platforms). Given the accelerated pace of peer competitors efforts, the FSUSW INP projects will evolve in future years to provide undersea forces with sustained overmatch using a full spectrum of effects.

Components and systems can be composed of existing and prototype hardware, software, or a combination of both. Training and tactical decision aids are usually software applied to a system or combination of systems operated in a coordinated manner. Applications include surveillance, search, detection, track, and localization for attack. Systems can be deployed on or from individual platforms (surface, air, underwater, space). FSUSW operations can be carried out by manned or unmanned platforms, individual platforms, groups of platforms and coordinated with theater and joint forces.

Research Concentration Areas

The FSUSW INP Program has ongoing interest in the following technologies. New ideas for solutions in these areas will be considered at any time during the year.

Components

  • Existing sensors, weapons, power supplies, electronics etc. that can be readily available and/or modified and deployed quickly and are uniquely suitable for FSUSW applications.
  • Prototypes of sensors, weapons, power supplies, electronics etc. that can be developed and deployed quickly and are uniquely suitable for FSUSW applications.

Systems

  • Existing weapons and systems that can be readily available and/or modified and deployed quickly and are uniquely suitable for FSUSW applications.
  • Prototypes of weapons and systems that can be developed and deployed quickly and are uniquely suitable for FSUSW applications.

Training and Tactical Decision Aids

  • Algorithms to train and operators in the use of specific FSUSW systems; aid in placement and operation of FSUSW systems and aid in forming a tactical picture of the FSUSW situation, assessing the situation in preparation for action, and planning effective action for individual and coordinated FSUSW assets.

Program Contact Information

Name: Paul Spear

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 32

Email for Questions: paul.spear@navy.mil

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