Open Ocean and Coastal Waters Reconnaissance and Surveillance:
Harbor Wing's innovative Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel (AUSV) will provide real-time situational awareness to distant command stations. Our vessels will be capable of operating autonomously or under remote control from land-based, ship-based or airborne facilities and will transmit pictures, video and other electronic data to on-shore facilities, ships, aircraft or other command assets. The essence of their missions will be reconnaissance and surveillance.
Harbor Wing's AUSVs will operate as environmentally friendly, tri-hull, high performance composite wind-powered craft, fitted with a hard wing airfoil sail. They will be fitted with hydrofoils for stability, seaworthiness and speed in performing their missions.
The AUSV's inherent platform stability will enable customized suites of ocean surveillance equipment including stabilized Infrared, thermal imaging and live video cameras to be mounted atop its sixty-foot-high mast to provide real-time feedback by satellite uplink or line of sight radio to its control platform. Because the AUSV will not require on-board personnel, Targets of Interest will be cost-effectively intercepted while more expensive vessels, helicopters or aircraft are freed for other mission assignments.
To further increase its value to on-shore commanders, Harbor Wing has proposed a technology demonstration project to prove the concept of leveraging and extending the individual capabilities of Harbor Wing's AUSV and another company's unmanned aerial system to carry out reconnaissance, surveillance and enforcement missions in designated Hawaiian waters.
For Homeland Security/ Coast Guard / Customs and Border Protection applications the AUSV can provide narco-terrorism, law enforcement and drug interdiction surveillance for costal waters, ports, airports, power plants and sensitive facilities. In sensitive foreign areas and maritime choke points susceptible to piracy, drug running or open ocean assault, the AUSV can be used in conjunction with manned or unmanned aircraft for close-up observation and analysis of targets of interest and early warning of hostile, illegal or terrorist-related activity. Fitted with survival or communications gear, AUSVs pre-positioned on remote patrol stations could assist in search and rescue operations covering large areas of sea.
Homeland Security/Drug Interdiction/Search and Rescue:
Environmental/ Sanctuaries Enforcement:
Through multiple-vessel patrols and single-vessel critical area coverage, the Harbor Wing AUSV is ideally suited to enabling the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fulfill its enforcement responsibilities for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument and other marine sanctuaries. On its own or in concert with an unmanned aerial system, the AUSV's ability to detect intruder or illegal vessel activities and summon Coast Guard law enforcement assets will provide cost-effective environmental coverage for irreplaceable protected environmental resources.
Range Operations and Safety Monitoring:
Personnel safety considerations and environmental law compliance call for using the Harbor Wing AUSV for military range control during missile and torpedo exercises, gun shoots, low frequency sonar exercises, and ship shock tests. Currently, manned vessels, helicopters or aircraft must be used to ensure that areas downrange of a missile or gunnery shoot or where other tests are taking place are safe and secured. Positioning the AUSV at such critical locations can ensure that target areas are clear of unauthorized vessels, as well as whales and other marine mammals and endangered species. The AUSV can be rapidly and precisely stationed near intended weapon impact points to provide visual telemetry and other real-time data collection and transmission with no risk to personnel or more expensive observation platforms.
Mine Survey and Countermeasures:
A unique problem for Navy mine countermeasures is the need to continuously monitor previously cleared mine areas to ensure that no new mines are re-seeded into the area. The AUSV's small profile, minimal draft, negligible electronic/acoustic signatures and very low radar cross-section make the AUSV an ideal platform for monitoring areas susceptible to mines such as shipping channels, harbor entrances and littoral coastlines. Because the AUSV is unmanned, such missions will not risk onboard personnel, while its wind-powered maneuverability will permit long on-station times.
Foreign Government Sales:
The range of missions that the AUSV will perform for United States military and other government agencies will be equally valuable to allied foreign governments. After compliance with United States export control law and regulations, the AUSV will be available for sale to approved foreign government customers.