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AUVs or Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Revisited - Military Needs

February 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

Underwater robotics is a huge industry ready to really move forward, just as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs have. Now there may not be as many AUV or autonomous underwater vehicles needed as UAVs in the air, but we do need these technologies and there are endless applications for military and civilian usage.

Late last year, I was discussing all this with a fellow think tanker type and he'd read one of my eBooks on underwater robotics and told me of some of his own innovative ideas along these lines of thinking. His newest concept surely put what I had considered a ground-breaking original design of my own to shame.

Indeed, as we talked I noted that surely he and I were only a few forward-thinkers in a sea of design engineers ready to brave the waters and tidal surges. I was happy to hear he valued the AUV concept I'd put forth, and coming from such a distinguished engineer with so much experience in procurement, and oceanography engineering it made me feel proud. Of course, as I said, his work is truly generations ahead of the curve.

Luckily, we are certainly not the only ones thinking here, lots of ideas, concepts, and innovations, even future strategies are being considered, and many of the top Tech Universities are bringing the science forward, as well as perhaps, un-disclosed black projects along this line of thinking, I would only assume. We have some wise people thinking here.

We also discussed fictional works such as "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and Clive Cussler's Novels. Yes, Clive Cussler will eventually have more unmanned robotic vehicles in his novels, as there have been a few uses of ROVs and other robotic water craft previously. Obviously, the military or naval applications are without question one of the major uses where capital is coming into this industry to pay for the research.

For instance, consider a hangar full of AUVs on a USMC VTOL carrier, fly them off the carrier and then, drop them on the far side of Taiwan, Japan, or Philippines to come around and shadow fish schools, and offer continual surveillance to buffer China's aggressiveness in the South China Sea, Taiwan Straits, etc. or at choke points off Singapore and Australia. Yes, there are also uses in the Middle East and Mediterranean or what about in the Straits of Hormuz, perhaps even infiltrating into the Black Sea.

China is an issue, putting anti-ship missiles, bases, and radar systems at these maritime choke points. We must be omnipresent and vigilant. And our nation's energy security, as well as the balance of power in the Middle East requires due diligence and perhaps even future action against Iran's push to build nuclear weapons and give them to their proxy sponsored terrorist networks. Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Underwater Technologies. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank;

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