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Investigating the use of AUVs in ASW operations. Strode, Christopher. CMRE-FR-2016-008. December 2016.

This study explores the potential for AUVs to be deployed within NATO ASW operations and augment the sonar coverage of existing surface platforms. We explore the potential for such vehicles to be fully integrated within the command structure allowing for contact sharing with surface platforms. We further explore the potential for active bistatic and purely passive performance through acoustic modelling and simulation. Persistent deployment is also considered through simulation accounting for battery drain and at-sea recharging. The study concludes that a small number of AUVs towing short linear arrays can indeed provide sufficient sonar performance to conduct persistent area search missions.