Aerial Delivery of Unmanned Undersea Vehicles

Brian R. Said
Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems, Florida, United States

Keywords: glide slope, aircraft, wing kit, UUV, AUV, ROV, submersible, undersea network, HALO, altitude aircraft, OTH, CDMaST, System of Systems, A2Ad, denied area

Aerial Delivery of Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs) considers the most widely used approaches in GPS/Inertial/Image-Guided/Augmented Reality aerial delivery systems in proposing a versatile family of solutions as modified commercial off the shelf (MCOTS) technologies from potential partners in private industry, defense and academia. Expertise is culled from multiple US military services and allied countries in a mixture of alternative approaches spanning from SBIR prototypes to fully operational systems proven in deployment since 2003. Drawing on classical aeronautics, naval architecture and mechanical engineering, along with experience in pre-impact decelerators, fixed wing delivery and water impact shock, this approach optimizes the multiple critical phase states in aerial delivery- including aircraft launch/ejection, post launch ballistic stabilization, deceleration/glide conversion, glide slope and directional navigation, appendage separation and water entry.