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This topic addresses research for future capabilities addressing moving subsurface threats using manned-unmanned teaming and swarm technologies, possibly including surface and air platforms and components, particularly in confined and shallow waters (CSW). This System-of-Systems (SoS) should enable enhanced operational efficiency and performance. The actions in this topic should address state-of-the-art, and beyond, swarm control solutions. This includes analysis of centralised, distributed, and hybrid control models. Swarm control may employ control scheme with a global or local approach and their optimised combination. The control-scheme should adopt to mission type changes as the operation evolves from one phase to another. Guidance and control strategies for the swarm are also to be considered, where inductive and swarm internal cognitive-like self-control needs to be analysed.
The aim is to develop swarming technologies up to at least TRL 4 and validated in seawater. The expected result of the research activities performed with the support of this call is a better mission performance result than the one obtained by an individual UxV or platform alone. This should take into account data sources of opportunity. The main challenges or factors to be solved to enable this are the following:
European Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS)