Northern Watch Underwater Sensor System Design Concept


  1. Heard, G.J.
  2. Pelavas, N.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
In this document we provide a detailed description of the design of the Underwater Sensor System (UWSS) that will be used in the Northern Watch (NW) Technology Demonstration Project (TDP). The test and build cycle of the acoustic arrays is discussed with special attention given to a thorough testing of the prototype array components and to the prototype array itself. A modular array design is presented allowing for the independent testing of hydrophones and cables, thus enabling on-site maintenance of the array and maximizing survivability. A description of the specific array design is given including array extenders and repeaters along with suggested modifications as a result of previous years deployments. The components constituting the dry-end are listed and explained. We introduce the new Remote Control Interface hardware required to meet the goals of the NW TDP, its primary function will be to control the various array system components through a communications link with the System Integration Device. As part of preparing for a continuous year-long operation the required redundancy of system components and number of spares is quantified. Other areas requiring further investigation are indicated.

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Northern Watch;Underwater Sensor System;Arctic;Array Design;Remote Control Interface;System Integration
Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-TM-2010-248 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Nov 2010
Number of Pages
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