A specialist in counter terrorist and littoral warfare
The Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) portfolio features more than 1,000 programs, including helicopters, integrated air and missile defense, littoral warfare
, undersea warfare, radar, electronic warfare, cyber solutions, C4ISR, and training and logistics systems.
The ships are intended primarily for littoral warfare
The difficult logic of littoral warfare
prompted Rear Admiral Yedidia Ya'ari of the Israel Navy to write twenty years ago, "I argue that when warships designed for the high seas enter the confined waters of the littoral arena, the fundamental relationships of maneuverability and firepower are upset," and "The surface ships now in commission were designed with the open ocean and distant defensive perimeters in mind; to keep deploying them to a playing field where, under the most optimistic assumptions, their survival requires as a normal operating mode the highest level of everything, all the time, is unhealthy and unrealistic in the long run.
It is investing close to USD 3 bn for expanding littoral warfare
potential and has already inducted two nuclear submarines in its fleet.
Among the technological focus areas for ONR are hypervelocity and speed of light weapons, next generation ship hulls, advanced power and propulsion, electromagnetic weapons and littoral warfare
The four articles that follow highlight some of their work related to littoral warfare
Such an environment presents quite a challenge when it comes to protecting the vessels tasked with littoral warfare
Metrification of the Littorals: The concept of littoral warfare
continues to be studied and the expectation for a minimal amount of situational awareness accepted.
At the same time, the navy was conducting the Littoral Warfare
Advanced Development Sea Tests, which used various sonar devices and included high intensity (235 decibel) broadcasts.
As long as littoral warfare
remained a sideline to the main event on the high seas, this technological blind spot was considered not much more than an annoyance.
In an era when amphibious and joint operations are the rage in strategic circles, when littoral warfare
has re-entered the matrix of war-planners, and when new weaponry makes cheap former strategies of maritime predominance (and real or imagined threats) the retrospectives on the decision-makers of yesteryear as found in this volume make for salutary reading.