NATO maritime exercise to test new anti-submarine technologies

The NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) will test a wave-powered unmanned surface vehicle known as the Wave Gilder at its upcoming Proud Manta '13 exercise, which serves as a way to test new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) technologies, the organization said.

The large-scale exercise, which will be held from February 23 to March 6 off the coast of Sicily, is an opportunity for CMRE to test cutting-edge ASW systems in a realistic scenario and see how new technology advances can be applied to NATO missions in the future.

During the event, CRME scientists plan to test new  autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) and associated software designed to detect and track submarines in the marine environment.

Proud Manta '13 will include experimentation with an autonomous ASW barrier designed to protect a shoreline asset using AUVs and ASvs as in POMA ‘12.

CMRE will conduct the Multistatic ASW Experimentation which will use collaborative AUVs and ASVs, and a tactical planning and exercise reconstruction using CMRE’s Multistatic Tactical Planning Aid tool.
POMA 13 CMRE experiments are conducted from and supported by the 93-metre NATO Research Vessel Alliance, the only ship jointly owned by all NATO nations. 

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