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The purpose of this report was to determine whether the effectiveness of the antisubmarine warfare helicopter would be enhanced if an additional torpedo would be added to its payload As of now the helicopter carried two torpedoes for its missions It was found that in developing the model an estimate of the probability of killing a submarine was based on the distance to contact datum and the number of torpedoes carried Limiting the size of the problem to fifty and seventy-five nautical miles the question became how many torpedoes should the helicopter carry It was found to be more effective for the SH-60 anti-submarine helicopter to carry two torpedoes Simply put the kill probability drops too significantly at long ranges with three torpedoes An 87 drop in kill probability between two and three torpedoes is undoubtedly very significant However kill probability at short ranges differ by only 17 and remain high while carrying both two and three torpedoes Unfortunately our naval forces cannot always count on enemy submarines appearing within the fifty nautical mile range so its important to have an anti-submarine platform that retains its mission outside of this range If an SH-60s payload could be increased to carrying three torpedoes and twenty sonobuoys the SH-60 loses this mission ineffectivenessAnti-submarine warfare is becoming an integral part of the protection of our naval forces in foreign seas The proliferation of extremely quiet diesel engine submarines has proved to be a deadly threat particularly in the littoral areas To combat this silent threat the United States Navy developed the most capable anti-submarine helicopter forces in the world Todays SH-60 helicopter equipped with technically advanced sonobuoys detection equipment and torpedoes are a great asset to protecting our surface forces from the threat of foreign submarines Initially submarines were spotted by long-range airborne antisubmarine units that patrol continuously in the assigned operational area Once sighted the patrol relayed the contacts range and bearing from the task
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