The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has outlined plans for a mobile and persistent active anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system that it claims could “revolutionise long-range ASW in deep water environments”.
Known as the Affordable Mobile ASW Surveillance System (AMASS), the programme is intended to result in the design, build, and demonstration of a new system to detect “new emerging threat submarines at extended ranges”. According to ONR, the AMASS programme is being pursued to potentially meet the US Navy’s requirement for a Deployable Surveillance Systems Deep Water Active (DSS-DWA) capability. According to Naval Sea Systems Command’s Maritime Surveillance Systems Program Office (PMS 485), the DSS “seeks to expand on established Fixed Surveillance Systems [FSS] and Mobile Surveillance Systems [MSS] to provide flexible and responsive wide area surveillance to theatre ASW commanders worldwide”.
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