A system concept for persistent, unmanned, local-area Arctic surveillance


  1. McArthur, B. A.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre, Halifax NS (CAN)
This paper describes a system concept for persistent (up to 365 days, 24/7), unmanned, local-area surveillance of maritime surface and sub-surface objects, as well as air objects, in the Canadian Arctic. The system concept is based on unmanned, remotely controlled and monitored Local-Area Arctic Surveillance Systems (LAASS) that could be deployed at one or more maritime chokepoints, at locations in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. The LAASS would be operated over a satellite communications channel from a Southern Control Centre (SCC) located in the south of Canada. Surveillance information for each detected platform and environmental reports for the local operating area would be compiled semi-automatically, from the integration of data transmitted from multiple above-water and underwater sensors and self-reporting systems, and be disseminated, in near real-time, to defence, security, and public safety clients. The system concept is comprised of a surveillance concept – which includes environmental and geographic factors, platform types under potential surveillance, end-user information requirements, contributions of individual sensor types to surveillance, and the role of local-area surveillance within the broader context of Arctic Domain Awareness – and a system operating concept. The system operating concept describes the system capabilities and operating modes required to achieve the surveillance concept. Consideration is given to the interplay between the automation l
surveillance;Arctic;remote operation;maritime domain awareness
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-P114 — External Literature
Date of publication
01 Oct 2015
Number of Pages
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