Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, is a long range ideas shop. Seeks public design by giving rewards for competitive programs and crowd-sourcing. They gave us the Internet and autonomous vehicles, so it is no slouch. Once
prototypes have been tested, the project is turned over to the military. Only Navy oriented items are listed here.
New items are entered at the bottom. Updates are inserted with the original item.
Distributed Agile Submarine Hunting -- DASH
Dash is an undersea satellite, unmanned, that will sit in deep water to search all above it seeking submarines and other items of interest.
10Aug'12 Status -- design contract issued.
Shallow Water Agile Submarine Hunting - SWASH
This is to develop techniques to detect submarines from above where the deep-water DASH will not work. Program aim is to develop non-traditional submarine surveillance that is lightweight, small and requires low power.
10Aug'12 Status -- development contract issued
Anti-submarine-warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel -- ACTUV.
ACTUV is an enemy submarine robot tracker.
Once an enemy sub is detected by DASH, a small autonomous vessel will be deployed to stay on the trail of submarines that may pose a threat.
10Aug'12 Status -- completed ideas, now in design stage.
"Dangerous Waters" -- ACTUV Tactics Simulator for download giving gamers the opportunity to track an enemy sub and help develop the tactics needed to defeat deployed subs in real life that must be build into the ACTUV prototype.
Article describing the above.
Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform -- TEMP
A program to deliver urgent supplies in commercial contains from the container ship to stricken areas on shore, thereby freeing specialized military ships for other duties.
Sub projects : Containers providing life support for crew. Motion-stabilized cranes. Pontoon with tracks (CAAT). Propeller-driven parafoil.
10Aug'12 Status -- these 4 ideas selected for further design.
3. Captive Air Amphibious Transporter, CAAT. By combining a tank trend with low-pressure air bags, the CAAT can spread its weight over a massive area while using air pressure to stay afloat. It's not just open water, but can glide over muddy swamps that would suck in people on foot. [video]
Underwater Express to explore super-cavitation to underwater vehicles for high-speed transport.
EXtreme ACcuracy Tasked Ordnance -- EXACTO
Seeks to improve sniper effectiveness - greater range, faster
targeting in high wind, dusty, day and night conditions. Usiing 50-caliber round and optical sighting to track and allow the bullet to change path during flight.
10Aug'12 Status -- Phase II, design
Long Range Anti-Ship Missile -- LRASM
Surface-launched, anti-ship missiles in two varieties.
A - advanced subsonic cruise missile, stealthy. B - high-altitude, supersonic speed cruise missile
10Aug'12 Status -- Stopped work on 'B'. 'A' had been successfully air launched and controlled. To adapt to ship-borne use.
Triple Target Terminator -- T3
The T3 program seeks to develop one supersonic, long range missile that can engage enemy aircraft, cruise missiles, and surface-to-air missiles.
10Aug'12 Status -- to live-fire trial against the three target types in the fall of 2013.
LINK to DARPA -- the full DARPA website.
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