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Cluster Knave

The Cluster Knave imagery system, developed by the Office of Naval Intelligence, is the only operational submarine-based imagery system in use by the fleet today. It is used by submarines during tactical deployments and development of special tactical applications. Cluster Knave is a Macintosh-based image capture and processing system which uses the UHF SATCOM Advanced Narrowband Digital Voice Terminal (ANDVT) for data transmission via low gain, limited RF bandwidth, noisy communication channels while minimizing transmission times. As part of the program plan, NUWC New London is working to port existing Cluster Knave system capabilities into the TAC-3 computer workstation. Future plans are to produce a unit that can communicate directly with Unified Build imagery module or the Joint Deployable Intelligence Support System (JDISS).

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Updated Monday, May 11, 1998 6:44:03 AM