Multi-Domain Operations With Cutting Edge Army Dive Team Technology
The Port Improvement via Exigent Repair (PIER) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) conducted the third Limited Operational User Assessment at Naval Weapons Station Earle, near Earle, New Jersey. Working collaboratively, Product Director Combat Terrain Information Systems (PD CTIS) under Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S), the Engineering and Research Development Center Coastal Hydraulics Lab (ERDC –CHL) and the 569th Dive Team at Fort Eustis demonstrated JCTD emerging technologies in a real-world scenario.
The PIER JCTD is a port rehabilitation capability developed in
coordination with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, US
Indo-Pacific Command (INDIOPACOM), Transportation Command
(TRANSCOM), Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare
Center (NAVFAC EXWC), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers
(USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).
The Multifunctional Assessment Reconnaissance Vessel (MARV) is a
cutting-edge, unmanned vessel designed for surface and subsurface
port inspections, obstacle detection and precision data capture. It
makes the ingress and egress phases of multi-domain operations more
efficient and faster by exploiting highly detailed hydrographic in
near real-time. The data supports selection of approach vectors,
harbor and pier repairs, and remediation of obstacles as well as
support to shore operations using co-dependent technologies in the
Army Dive Teams were selected to assess this advanced capability
due to their knowledge and experience in hydrography and
operationally relevant experience with ENFIRE and the Underwater
Construction Sets (UCS) recently fielded by Program Manager Sets,
Kits, Outfits and Tools (PM-SKOT). Army Dive Teams deploy globally,
performing diverse engineering missions, and the MARV is designed to
pack into “Pelican” cases for extreme portability and rapid
response; right out of the box.
The technology onboard the MARV is highly configurable based on mission requirements, and future versions may allow sensor relocation to a manned vessel of opportunity. The MARV brings new capabilities and improves upon existing COTS capabilities for military reconnaissance like: Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) which is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure variable distances, Multi-Beam Echo-Sounders, sub-Centimeter GPS accuracy for precise position location on the water and HD Video that gives any data consumer clear views with no special training, specialized software or additional equipment.
With LiDAR and Multi-Beam working simultaneously, the MARV can
detect objects above and below the water surface as well as identify
sub-surface conditions that would have otherwise impeded or negated
ingress/egress operations. These new tools exponentially expand the
capabilities of cross-service reconnaissance, military engineering
and Warfighting decisions makers within Multi-Domain Operations