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Eye In The Sky said:If they were 'in significant numbers'...maybe? I'd like to see more info on (1) how much of an area can a single unit monitor (2) what happens with the data it is receiving (someone has to do analysis...where is that done and who is doing it).
It is going to have to broadcast the data somehow...if the opposing force knows there is a field of these things around a certain area, then it is performing the same function as a minefield really (something to go around).
They have some cap's, no doubt but we are pretty thin on ASW as it is; I'd invest in other assets before dropping dollars on this (we simply don't have the budget we need now, let alone adding systems like this in place). :2c:
I think at this time they are still proving the concept. If they can get it to do 2000nm and/or have 3 months endurance then the thoughts on sensors come into play. Perhaps a new system that has room for sensors. Last sail off the coast of Syria has really shown me the light on how useful this would be. Combined with MPA, shipborne helo etc... those tight quarter waters would make things much more difficult for a DE sub to hide.
A persistent unseen sensor is invaluable.