Canada’s Navy Needs Light Weight Stealth Unmanned Electronic Robotic Underwater Surveillance
The Nation of Canada has an insufficient Navy to protect its borders. The new paradigm and dynamics of modern warfare makes much of Canada’s Navy obsolete in protecting itself. The Canadian Navy is sufficient however for humanitarian efforts, disaster relief and peace keeping operations around the world in conjunction with the assistance of allies. Does this mean that the Canadian Navy is worthless?
No, not at all, what we are indicating is that it is overdue for major upgrades in technology, training and tactics. Are the Canadian Naval Vessels decent platforms for these new deployable technologies? Well, yes in some cases and in other cases no. In other words in many cases completely new from the waterline up and down platforms will be needed. Canada has some 28,000 miles of shoreline and to protect itself it will need sufficient surveillance and underwater early warning devices.
These devices need to be able to patrol grids and communicate as needed in real time with satellites, each other and current Naval Vessels and military stations. A system of unmanned underwater vehicles working in a net-centric system or artificially created grid is the answer. These vehicles must be long-range and of a unique fuel source that allows extremely long periods between servicing. Indeed, they must have robust military + or space grade components.
The technology deployed must be stealthy and low-density to prevent detection, as well as silent. The units must not have a larger signature than a sea lion. Once a target is confirmed, the vehicle may be compromised and eliminated by the threat, therefore the other units in the net-centric grid must learn from such disruption in the over-all system or net through advanced artificial intelligent programming. When a threat is detected this technology needs the ability to communicate with a combination of systems through nodes or motes and/or an uplink to satellite, base stations or vessels.
Why are we discussing this? Several reasons, one there is a rising Naval Threat and change in the power base of Naval Power. Namely, China, as the Treasure Fleet sails again. Also, let’s not forget the incredible oil reserves in the North, many nations have their sights on that oil and may go to extreme lengths to get at it. Canada is also a fly over point for stealthy Russian made perhaps Chinese owned bombers; in the event of an economic melt-down, escalated Taiwan-China conflict or any number of other potential conflicts, a Chinese – US war is within the realm of possibility.
Can Canada remain a neutral party? Doubtful, as its economy is tied to the United States and to the EU for trade and it is allied with NATO. Association gives it strength, but Canada has huge resources and in the future such scarcity is an issue. If we look at prior conflicts we see wars over resources are nearly as common as wars fought over religion. Can Canada make Russia an ally by buying SU-37s Advanced Russian fighter planes? There has been talk amongst the Canadian powers-that-be, this may prove a mistake and alienate the US Industrial Military Complex, which has the very technology that Canada will need in the future.
Can Canada’s technological infrastructure and research facilities create, build and design these Unmanned Underwater survelliance systems in house and in country promoting its own industry, and technology centers? Yes, it appears so, and with a little help from the other advanced research and technology companies in the EU and US in collaboration, Canada should have no problem.
How urgent is this need? Well, it is fairly urgent and the Canadian Naval Power is much over due for an inflow of monetary resources and technological upgrades, it really cannot wait. If this program gets the fast track it could easily surpass similar programs in other nations that have had difficulty in implementing because of the learning curve. Canada can jump on this technology now saving a good portion of the major R and D expense and still have an operational world-class system in place by 2011. Waiting to start is perhaps the biggest obstacle for Canada, and this is due to the anti-war sentiment of many of its citizens and a number of leaders in its parliament.
Nevertheless, Canada can no longer wait, as the risk is not worth it any longer; at least this is the opinion of the Online Think Tank.
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