Environmental Modeling Packages for the MSTDCL TDP – Review and Recommendations


  1. Trider, R.
  2. Giles, P.
  3. Martin, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN);General Dynamics Canada. Ottawa, ON (CAN)
Since 2005 DRDC Atlantic has been conducting the Multi-Sensor Torpedo Detection, Classification, and Localization (MSTDCL) technology demonstration project aimed at improving the torpedo detection, classification, and tracking capabilities on Halifax-class frigates. This document examines the advantages to the MSTDCL project of adding a capable Environmental Analysis package for detection performance prediction. Three levels of complexity were examined: a basic level based on the Networked Underwater Warfare (NUW) developed analysis package, an intermediate level package building on the NUW package to provide improved functionality and displays while reducing operator interaction, and an Advanced Environmental Analysis package that improves the accuracy of the performance predictions by more accurately representing range-dependent environments. The advantages of each level to the MSTDCL system are compared, along with estimates of the work level required to implement the package. A low-risk approach beginning with the NUW package and advancing through the intermediate levels is recommended.

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Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-CR-2009-004 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2009
Number of Pages
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