Accession Number : ADA607535
Title : Distributed Surface Force
Descriptive Note : Capstone Project rept.
Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
Personal Author(s) : Buss, John ; Magbanua, Rico ; Thompson, Chrisman ; Goff, John ; Moss, Andrew ; Wall, Damien ; Jurgensen, Sean ; Moyer, Kyle ; Foo, Ceying ; Toh, Wei Q
Report Date : Jun 2014
Pagination or Media Count : 305
Abstract : Large naval surface combatants are potentially held at risk by adversarial anti-access aerial denial (A2AD) weapon systems. To mitigate that risk we propose a distributed surface force concept, which relies on a cost-effective small surface combatant (SSC) capable of augmenting current forces in the 2025 2030 timeframe. We show that dispensing offensive and defensive power onto numerous smaller platforms has several advantages, including a more resilient force structure, greater number of ships, and fiscal cost savings. After employing the systems engineering process tailored to the problem to understand requirements and alternatives, a single mission SSC adapted to anti-surface warfare (ASUW) emerged as the solution. The SSC is conceptually employed in an armada composed of existing naval forces, which provide a protective shield against a multi-threat enemy force. The Armada is nominally composed of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, Littoral Combat Ships and SSCs. The SSC'As capabilities include eight anti-ship cruise missiles with a range of 90 nautical miles, speed greater than 25 knots, and organic detection and classification range of at least 60 nautical miles.
Descriptors : *NAVAL VESSELS(COMBATANT) , ANTISHIP MISSILES , ANTISHIP WARFARE , COST EFFECTIVENESS , CRUISE MISSILES , DESTROYERS , LITTORAL WARFARE , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , NAUTICAL , RISK , SURFACE TARGETS
Subject Categories : Surface Transportation and Equipment
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE