Northern Watch 2008 Above-Water Sensor Trials at the Naval Electronic Systems Test Range Atlantic – NESTRA Experimental Set-up, Analysis, and Results for the Radar


  1. Brookes, D.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Research Centre, Ottawa ON (CAN)
In August 2008 a team of scientists and technicians from DRDC attempted to undertake the first Arctic field trials for the Northern Watch Technology Demonstration Program (TDP) project on Devon Island at sites in Gascoyne Inlet and on Cape Liddon. Key objectives of the operation were to deploy several above water sensor (AWS) systems on Cape Liddon and an underwater sensor (UWS) system in Barrow Strait. The aim was to evaluate their individual and collective ability to detect, track, classify and identify a cooperative vessel, or targets of opportunity. Very severe weather prevented the accomplishment of this objective, so alternative trials were arranged for the AWS at the Naval Electronic Systems Test Range Atlantic (NESTRA) near Halifax in 7–11 Dec. 2008. The main intent was to perform a comprehensive shake down of all the AWS systems and perform as many of the original Arctic system tests as possible under the constraints imposed by this southern site. This report is one of several that are anticipated to result from the analyses of the NESTRA Trials data for each of the main AW sensors; this one is focused primarily on the performance of the navigation radar system. The results of the radar data analysis were generally consistent with performance predicted by the Scenario/Shipboard Integrated Environment for Tactics and Awareness (SIESTA) for the environmental conditions and the target-sensor geometries. The CFAV Quest was tracked to a maximum distance (stern-, or bow-

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radar;arctic;sensor integration;Gascoyne Inlet;Cape Liddon;Northern Watch;technology demonstration program;TDP;above-water sensors;AWS;underwater sensors;UWS;NESTRA;AIS;CANDISS;North Warning System
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2017-R156 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2017
Number of Pages
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