The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) conceived the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program primarily for surveillance purposes, tracking the movements of enemy submarines.
Operating fully unattended on-board the “Sea Hunter” ACTUV, the ICRITM provides the ship’s pilot with “…bridge-to-bridge communications with other vessels, if needed….by patching a radio through a satellite communications link to a remote human operator”
This ICRI configuration supports 4 mobile radios and 1 Iridium satellite handset. By entering a predefined DTMF sequence using a telephone keypad, the ship’s pilot can control which radio is patched/connected to the satellite phone, allowing them to selectively talk over one of the radios on-board of the ship.
Additional information on this project can be found at the following webpage: http://www.afcea.org/content/?q=Article-darpa-christens-new-sea-robot-vessel-sea-hunter
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