The international RIMPASSE ship signature management trial – A close-out report of DRDC engagement in RIMPASSE


  1. Daya, Z.A.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre, Halifax NS (CAN)
This Reference Document reflects upon DRDC’s undertaking of the RIMPASSE trial with CFAV QUEST in 2011-12. We provide the context in which the RIMPASSE trial emerged as a joint international effort led by Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. Presenting only the DRDC perspective, we discuss how the collaboration was fostered and the organizing structures to facilitate trial planning, preparation and execution. We describe the level of ship signature capability and identify the path to improved ship survivability from a better exploitation of ship signature control which form the backbone of the motivation for RIMPASSE. The objectives for each of the ship signature experiments comprising RIMPASSE are presented. The extensive preparations in Canada especially in modifying QUEST are recalled followed by a description of the trial execution at ranges in Halifax, in Scotland, in Norway, in Germany, in France and in Sint Eustatius. We recount some of the notable achievements of the RIMPASSE trial and provide an accounting of the investment made in this effort.

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ship signatures;signature management
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2018-D009 — Reference Document
Date of publication
01 Apr 2018
Number of Pages
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