In the ever changing seascape of mission multi-tasking US Naval assets must be agile and intelligent in the face of sophisticated challenges to sea control. Today’s enemy represents a new breed of threat where cheap off the shelf drones, ROVs, and fast attack craft (FAC), pose serious threats to US Navy ships and personnel. These new surface threats mean that the old models no longer remain relevant. Electronic warfare is rapidly evolving to the point where swarm attacks can quickly overcome traditional shipboard systems that were developed for larger easy to detect targets,
Zodiac MILPRO RHIBs and inflatable boats are easily reconfigured for different theaters and mission profiles and can be carried by ships, helicopters, transport aircraft or even be deployed by submarines.
Over the last few years new language and tactics have been adopted to existing assets such as the inflatable boat for autonomous and swarm warfare. Distributed lethality and ad hoc networks bring together submarine, surface and air assets onto a 3 dimensional battle space where autonomous RIBs can carry out extended patrol, ASW (anti-submarine warfare), ASuW (anti-surface warfare). With Russian and Chinese Navies building up their assets and exerting challenges to sea control in areas where American sailors operate in the Global War On Terror it isn’t too much of a stretch to see new ideas are needed.
Small directed energy weapons can be fitted onto FAC and RIBs making the swarming drone attack defensible before damage is inflicted on ships, or harbors. Massive networking of RADAR and SONAR into the distributed system via placements on nigh unsinkable boats such as the Zodiac MILPRO RIB mean more ocean is covered with less personnel and less risk to larger slower ships. Over the horizon extended missions/patrols can relay critical intelligence in real time to task force assets and conduct immediate action missions against threats.
Manned missions are getting easier and SWCC/SOF units benefit from shock mitigation cabins and seating that keep operators safe and minimize combat fatigue leading to successes against unseen forces that mount suicide attacks in FAC (fast attack craft).
EOD teams tasked with clearing and maintaining safe shipping lanes benefit from Zodiac’s legacy of anti-mine platforms with low/no magnetic signature. With the rate of turnover in the current military most of our veterans who conducted missions in the now expanding littoral zones have been retired. The current breed of sailors lack the experience to conduct clandestine missions in hostile zones without tapping into the already taxed SOF community. The Zodiac MILPRO RIB or inflatable boat can be carried by even the smallest vessel which extends it’s reach deep inland, up rivers, and in harbors where shoals prohibit ships passage. Getting operators to and from the mission in the littoral zones must not be overlooked. Frogmen turned the tides of war during WW2, Korea, Vietnam, The War On Drugs, et al. and they did it with small fast inflatable boats.
Times are changing from the constant tension and danger of The Cold War to one of smaller faster lighter attacks with low tech IED drones and the new problems that have manifested as a result. The need for more small craft that accomplishes the multi-mission nature of sea power today must not be ignored. Taking lessons learned from SOF and applying them to multimodal platforms like Zodiac MILPRO’s range extends and hardens the distributed lethality systems currently being developed.
To discuss your needs with a MILPRO specialist contact Adam at The Inflatable Boat Center (503) 235-2628 and see what our years of experience operating outside of the norm can bring to bear for your warfighters, first responders and enforcement units.