Multistatic Planning Requirements

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Authors
  1. Tollefsen, C.D.S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre, Halifax NS (CAN)
Abstract
The effective employment of multistatic active sonar by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will require the development of new thinking, new doctrine, and new tactics, activities for which multistatic sonar performance prediction tools will be a key enabler. In order to guide the development of new tools, a four-level taxonomy of sonar performance prediction tools was developed, with each level differing in purpose, user group, and requirements: research (Level I), tactics development (Level II), mission planning (Level III), and tactical decision-making (Level IV). A comprehensive list of requirements was specified for each tool level, and organized to allow for comparison and evolution of specific capabilities across levels. Additional considerations including trust and user interface were discussed. Existing monostatic and multistatic sonar performance prediction tools were categorized according to the new taxonomy. It was concluded that no one tool will be able to provide the functionality required at all levels, and it is recommended that this report be used to foster critical discussions within user communities at each level regarding their unique requirements before specific tools are provided for general operational use.

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Keywords
multistatics;anti-submarine warfare;mission planning;tactical decision aids;sonar performance
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-R090 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 May 2016
Number of Pages
30
DSTKIM No
CA042779
CANDIS No
804150
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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