Multistatic Sonar Operator Visualization Development Requirements


  1. Gammon, M.A.
  2. Strode, C.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre, Halifax NS (CAN)
Multistatic sonar presents unique challenges to the operational community due to a lack of experience with the technology and the unknowns regarding optimal sensor placement. Operations using multistatic sonar require close coordination between sources and receivers to maximize performance. One issue of effectively deploying these systems is related to the lack of operator visualizations aids to predict sensor performance. Typically, effective deployment of legacy sonar systems required development and use of robust tactics. These tactics are almost always based on geographic or geometric applications using circular representations of sensor area coverage. For multistatic sonar operations, a transition is needed from the range of the day (RoD) calculation to the more complicated spatial extent of specular multistatic sonar coverage. When considering the employment of multistatic sonar, expected increases in detection ranges require that operators must be able to determine the probable sensor coverage and identify where gaps exist. To deal with these issues, various multistatic sonar tactical aids have been developed. As one example, the Multistatic Tactical Planning Aid (MSTPA) was developed by the NATO Centre for Marine Research and Experimentation (CMRE) [1]. MSTPA was intended as an analysis tool for both scientists and operators. Defence R&D Canada also has experience with tactical decision aids to help operators visualize transmission loss (TL). One such tool was the dev
sonar;modelling;operator visualization
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-N034 — External Literature
Date of publication
15 Mar 2016
Number of Pages
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