Testing of Mini Mobile Target Torpedo: Enhancing Underwater Unmanned Vehicle Capabilities

Nico Prayogo, Agus Budiyono, Tutut Prasetyo, Kurniantoro WHS

Abstract


Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUVs) play a vital role in various maritime applications, including defense, research, and resource exploration. To effectively train and evaluate anti-submarine warfare systems, the use of target torpedoes is crucial. This paper presents the comprehensive testing and evaluation of a Mini Mobile Target Torpedo (MMTT) designed to simulate submarine-like behaviors in a controlled and repeatable manner.

The development of the MMTT aimed to address the limitations of existing target torpedoes by incorporating advanced technological features and improving maneuverability, stealth, and payload capabilities. The testing process involved a series of trials conducted in controlled underwater environments, including lakes and oceanic testing facilities.

The MMTT's performance was evaluated in terms of its maneuverability, endurance, acoustic signature, and payload delivery accuracy. Realistic submarine-like maneuvers, including changes in speed, depth, and course, were replicated to create challenging scenarios for naval systems to detect, track, and engage the MMTT. Additionally, the acoustic characteristics of the MMTT were analyzed to assess its stealth capabilities and minimize the risk of detection.

The results of the testing revealed that the MMTT successfully simulated submarine-like behaviors, providing a realistic training platform for anti-submarine warfare systems. Its enhanced maneuverability, reduced acoustic signature, and payload delivery accuracy demonstrated its potential for training and evaluating naval sonar systems, torpedo defense mechanisms, and anti-submarine warfare tactics.

This paper presents a valuable contribution to the field of UUV design and development, providing insights into the testing and evaluation of a Mini Mobile Target Torpedo. The findings emphasize the importance of realistic target simulations to enhance the effectiveness of anti-submarine warfare systems, ultimately contributing to improved maritime security and defense strategies. Future research directions include further optimization of the MMTT's capabilities, integration with advanced UUV swarms, and adaptive behaviors to continuously challenge evolving naval technologies.

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