Flexible and Interoperable Toolbox meeting the Future Operational Requirements in Confined and Shallow Waters (FIT FOR CSW).
Confined and Shallow Waters (CSW) form the intersection connecting the high seas with the landmasses. CSW are therefore part of the littorals which extend up to hundreds of miles in both directions from the shoreline.
CSW are to be regarded as a zone of vital relevance for mankind as the vast majority of people live at, or close to the coast. This environment is extremely complex and challenging, with very specific and unique conditions. Hence there is an inherent need for a broad set of scalable capabilities meeting the multifaceted operational requirements for the full range of military operations across the entire spectrum of missions.
As a general rule, small and agile assets are favored in a CSW environment. This applies all the more in a large number that enables better coverage of such a complex area and which creates a mass problem for an adversary. However, the trend nowadays is diametrical as most navies are downsizing the number of platforms and – even worse – increasing the displacement of their ships. Consequently the inventory of navies is becoming increasingly less appropriate for operations in CSW.
This inevitably raises the question of how to further-on ensures the required broad set of sustained capabilities in the upcoming decades. Two principle ways out of that dilemma could be followed. Firstly, navies abandon the nexus of an individual platform for (each) specific capabilit(y)ies. Secondly, specifications are defined paving the way for a collaborative development of capabilities and cooperative procurement and later also for a combined employment through full interoperability.
Therefore the answer to the problem may be found in creating a composite set of compatible components (carrier platforms and modules) that can be both deployed and employed tailored to the particular operational conditions/ requirements thus offering a very efficient and flexible adaption to evolving situations respectively to changing tactical needs.
FIT FOR CSW follows a holistic approach by identifying capabilities required for prospective operations in Confined and Shallow Waters, which may be combined in a composite maritime system or respectively be employed cross-sectional by deployable units of joint forces. The outcome will be operational design engineering specifications for flexible and interoperable components. The specific capabilities could be realised in a form of containerised “plug in / plug out” modules which could be mounted on applicable carrier platforms (afloat or ashore).
This Smart Defence project will have its kick-off meeting and 1st workshop on 06-07 September 2017 and has already raised interest by several nations.
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