Survey of COTS-MOTS Lighter than Air Platforms and Communication Relays


  1. Glenn, I.
  2. Trebels, K.
  3. Beattie, C.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);ING Engineering Inc., Ottawa ON (CAN)
In the Canada First Defence Strategy, the challenges related to Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic was recognized. It is expected that in the near future, sovereignty and security challenges will become more pressing as the impact of climate change leads to enhanced activity throughout the region thus making protection of territorial integrity in the Arctic a top priority for the government. The Government of Canada plans to enhance the Canadian Force’s (CF's) ability to conduct surveillance in the North through the use of evolving unmanned aerial vehicle technology as one of its options. The Joint Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Surveillance and Target Acquisition System (JUSTAS) program has been tasked with the technological and organizational development of unmanned assets that will allow an overland domestic and international C4ISR capability and the definition of a domestic maritime and arctic Communication, Command, Control, and Computers Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capability in its first phase of study. It has been recognized that for the operation of Medium Altitude Long Endurance Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (MALE UAVs) in the arctic, a variety of methods will be needed to establish reliable communications and data links in the area of operations. Lighter than air platforms carrying a high bandwidth communication and data relays represent one of the possible methods to link Combined Air Operations Center’s (CAOC's) with forward operating force

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DRDC-VALCARTIER-CR-2012-076 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2013
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