NAWCWD team demos sensor fusion tech
This fall, the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Collaboration, Experimentation and Integration Team participated in a three-week exercise demonstrating the plausibility and potential of new forward sensor fusion technology solutions for the nation’s warfighter.
Sensor fusion combines data derived from multiple, non-heterogeneous sources to provide a more accurate, complete and dependable output than a single sensor could provide. Forward fusion technology is smaller and compact enough to be used on a forward-deployed platform, rather than in a separate, distant location.
For the demonstration, the team, comprised of Brian Hill, David Mohler, Phillip Porter, and Jesus Ramos, worked with the “Spartans” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70 in Norfolk, Virginia, to test the capability on the MH-60R helicopter.
“These demonstrations allow us to quickly bring something meaningful and real to the fleet,” Ramos said.
Ramos, who completed the required training to qualify to fly with the Spartans, logged more than 100 hours in 18 separate flights during the exercise. Those long hours bore fruit; the team met and exceeded expectations.
“They were able to effectively demonstrate the technology across multiple electronic warfare platforms and across,” said Brian Hill, Collaborative EW Branch supervisor.
That cross-domain, cross-platform integration is critical to the Navy’s Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority 2.0, which includes a line of effort calling for the implementation of an organizational architecture that will provide accurate, timely and analyzed information to units in the field and on the front lines. Data storage, strategy, analytics and the establishment of a “tactical grid” are key to supporting the Navy’s distributed maritime operations concept.