Guidelines for the SAR Operational Evaluation of the AIMS System


  1. Toussaint, G.
  2. Larochelle, V.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
An airborne multi-sensor imaging system is presently being developed under the Canadian Technology Demonstration Program (TDP). The Advanced Integrated Multi-sensing Surveillance (AIMS)system should enhance Canadian Forces (CF) surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, particularly at night and in degraded weather conditions. An important role for the system will be to support Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. Therefore, the need for a rigorous method to evaluate the effectiveness of AIMS was identified at the start of the project. In view of preparing flight trials, measures of effectiveness (MOEs)to evaluate the system, which include AIMS and the operator, were developed. This memorandum summarizes the AIMS TDP evaluation criteria, which include some MOEs previously published and modifications done to some of them, and proposes seven additional MOEs: three are related to the tracking capability, one to the search planning time, one to the experience of the operator, one to the search area covering time and finally, the last one to both the probability of detection and the time lost due to reduced visibility. Among other things, the MOEs of the system will allow to determine the data collection requirements for the Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) event and for other flight demonstrations. In addition to the MOEs, other criteria are proposed to help evaluate the AIMS system. Thereafter, the memorandum presents the results of the analysis of the data collected during

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Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TM-2007-516 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Mar 2008
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;CD ROM

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