US Navair trials video and data feed technology for warships

19 July 2015 (Last Updated July 19th, 2015 18:30)

The US Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) has trialled a technology that will enhance video receiving capabilities and data exchange with intelligence centres ashore for commanders.

The US Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) has trialled a technology that will enhance video receiving capabilities and data exchange with intelligence centres ashore for commanders.

Supported by common standards and interoperability deputy programme manager Paul Weinstein and team, the technology was demonstrated during the US Navy's Trident Warrior sea trial experiment aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Western Pacific.

A modified version of existing Unified Video Portal (UVP), the new system will receive multiple feeds of video and data, while improving the carrier strike group's battlespace awareness in future operations.

UVP is a unified video dissemination system (UVDS) node that supports dissemination of ISR data and real-time viewing of full-motion video (FMV) streams and metadata.

Weinstein said: "We understood the need to for operational commanders to have greater situational awareness in the vast, complex maritime environment.

"This event allowed us to prove a new capability that will help decision makers at-sea assess vulnerability and risks."

"This event allowed us to prove a new capability that will help decision makers at-sea assess vulnerability and risks during intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions."

As part of the trial, the team streamed video from a battlegroup DDG (guided missile destroyer) to an intelligence centre ashore for 48 hours, while the feed was monitored by George Washington using its UVP server.

The team said that the UVP supported simultaneous transfer of multiple video feeds, metadata, and audio to multiple classified workstations ashore with reduced bandwidth.

The navy intends to add the new capability to an aircraft carrier in 2016.

Trident Warrior sea trial experiments critical maritime technologies designed to enhance equipment to reduce costs.