Target Engageability Improvement Through Adaptive Data Fusion and Sensor Management: An Approach Based on the Fire Control Radar Search to Lock-on Time


  1. Rhéaume, F.
  2. Benaskeur, A.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
The Decision Support Systems Section (DSS) at Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) – Valcartier is conducting research activities aiming at developing and demonstrating advanced adaptive data fusion and resource management concepts. A typical application that can benefit from these concepts is the military naval Command and Control (C2). Military naval C2 systems are faced with an evermore increasing pace of the modern warfare, where increased threat sophistication and mobility demand shorter reaction time of the defending ship. Particularly, reaction time is of prime importance in Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) operations. When hardkill strategies are used to counter the threat, the latter must be engaged under a certain time in order to be intercepted. This work presents a practical example of an adaptive data fusion and resource management system that aims at improving the engageability of targets threatening a defending ship. Target engageability is improved by making use of the search to lock-on time estimation of the Fire Control Radar (FCR). A quantitative evaluation of the approach is presented using the SEATS-SADM-CASE ATTI test-bed environment. For some specific Anti-Ship Missile Defence scenarios with short reaction time exigencies, it was shown that making use of the search to lock-on time estimation in the adaptive data fusion and resource management system leads to successful target engagements as opposed to failed engagements when the traditional en

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DRDC-VALCARTIER-TR-2006-785 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 May 2008
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