SHARC on display on the Boeing booth during SAS 2016
Talking to Navy Recognition, Egan Greenstein, senior director, autonomous maritime systems, explained that "from an engineering perspective, SHARC is now fully integrated with the P-8 Poseidon aircraft".
Boeing started integration testing between a SHARC and an Insitu Scaneagle UAV in November 2014. They then proceeded to test SHARC with P-8A Poseidon in fall last year. The concept envisioned by Boeing consists in several SHARC devices and other systems forming an integrated undersea, surface and air network.
The Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft delivers continuous maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconaissance missions for up to a year without refueling or servicing. Liquid Robotics' innovative, wave- and solar-powered propulsion system, combined with Boeing's advanced sensors, integrate to provide a completely new way to connect assets from seafloor to space.
Its ability to conduct continuous patrols using autonomous navigation, gives SHARC unique access to undersea, air and space domains. It requires only a single, shore-side operator to monitor and controle large fleets. To date, more than 50 sensors have been tested and integrated on SHARC, including Automated Idenfitication System (AIS), acoustic sensors, electromagnetic sensors, and imaging systems. SHARC's on-board architecture, commercial standards and modular configuration allows rapid integration of advanced technologies and innovative payloads.
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