The latest Netherlands defence policy, published in 2018, highlights the investments the host nation will be making in the underwater domain. These investments are across the spectrum of underwater defence with major programmes in the mine countermeasures, ASW frigate, and submarine platforms highlighted in the most recent policy papers.
Within the ASW domain. the Netherlands is funding a Maritime Unmanned Systems programme, and interest and focus on torpedo defence is of increasing prominence. These programme developments reflect the Netherlands approach to its defence needs, but many other nations face similar challenges and share the same needs. For example, the need within these programmes to be clear on the endurance requirements of these platforms and capabilities. Is the deciding factor to be patrol endurance (ie port to port), will it be deployment endurance (homeport to homeport) or is to be the matching of individual capabilities to the overall demands of Task Group endurance?
These considerations have a major bearing on investment and design in all aspects of a capability, from material to personnel. UDT is an ideal platform to explore these and other aspects of future technological design and employment.