C4iSR: Maritime

BAE Systems to develop ability to find quiet subs

21 July 2017

Key Points

  • DARPA seeks new technology to detect subs at long distances
  • DARPA requested USD25.39 million in FY 2018 for MOCCA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a USD4.6 million contract for its Mobile Offboard Clandestine Communications and Approach (MOCCA) programme to detect submerged vessels at greater distances, while reducing the risk of counter-detection.

MOCCA aims to counter submarine signature quieting technology that has significantly degraded passive anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar detection range and targeting performance, according to DARPA’s fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget request. The programme is seeking to achieve breakthrough capability for long-range submarine detection and precision target tracking.

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