DARPA MOCCA Program Looks to Preserve Stealth of Attack Submarines

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February 11, 2016 | Source: John Keller, Military & Aerospace Electronics

ARLINGTON, Va., 25 Jan. 2016. U.S. military researchers are asking for industry's help in developing a bistatic sonar system for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) that capitalizes on the benefits of active sonar without compromising the stealth of U.S. attack submarines.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., released a solicitation Sunday (DARPA-BAA-16-10) for the Mobile Offboard Command and Control and Approach (MOCCA) program.

MOCCA seeks to enable manned Navy submarines to use active sonar pings from nearby UUVs to detect and track enemy submarines at long ranges without giving away their presence to potentially hostile vessels.