System-of-Systems

 

The desire of the US Navy to increase the speed of strike down and strike up while decreasing manpower aboard ships necessitates more than just efficient stowage of weapons and components in magazines and holds―it requires improved efficiency in moving materiel to and from those locations as well.   To meet this need, Agile Systemsí NAVSTORS design has evolved into a system-of-systems that includes four basic elements:

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 The Standard Payload Interface (SPI) for all legacy payloads,

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 The Naval Stowage & Retrieval System (NAVSTORS) an Automated Stowage and Retrieval System (ASRS)  within magazines/holds,

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 The Omni-directional Guided Vehicle (OGV) for transport of payloads aboard ship,

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 The Top-Lift Fixture (TLF) for movement of loads between ships during CONREP or via cranes between ship and pier.

The Office of Naval Research has funded prototypes of the SPI and TLF.  These prototypes were successfully tested at the NSWCCD Ship Systems Engineering Station in Philadelphia.

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