Mitigation Methods and Techniques for Enhancing Sonar Operational Confidence

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Authors
  1. Gammon, M.
  2. Strode, C.
  3. Lefrançois, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre, Halifax NS (CAN)
Abstract
There are numerous challenges to effectively model sonar performance given the variability in the ocean acoustic parameters, and the uncertainties with respect to factors such as the target strength. As such, in most cases it is well recognized by the operational community that it is nearly impossible to accurately predict the performance of a sonar system for the full range of operational settings. Given this situation, numerous initiatives both technical and operational are required to harmoniously provide a level of confidence in sonar prediction under practical conditions. Some initiatives and tools that are being utilized include the NATO Multi-Static Tactical Planning Aid (MSTPA) and the Environmental Modelling Manager (EMM). The latter is embedded in a developmental version of the Canadian Maritime Acoustic Processing System (MAPS). These are presented with the caveat that some may have a greater or lesser impact on operator confidence under realistic operational conditions.
Keywords
sonar;operational;modelling
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-N048 — External Literature
Date of publication
05 Jan 2017
Number of Pages
8
DSTKIM No
CA044417
CANDIS No
804813
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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