CF Joint Arctic Experimentation 2012 – Potential use of UXVs in CF Arctic Operations


  1. Seto, M.L.
  2. Pace, P.
  3. MacKay, D.
  4. Thwaites, R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Canadian Forces Joint Arctic Experiment 2012 (CFJAE12) was a joint capability development experiment conducted in and around Gascoyne Inlet, Nunavut from Aug 4-23, 2012. It was conducted in accordance with the Canadian Forces Strategic Experimentation Guidance and funded through the Strategic Experimentation Account. CFJAE12 was implemented by DRDC Centres – specifically, Suffield, Ottawa, and Atlantic. The maritime parts were based off CFAV QUEST (Atlantic) and the shore-based aerial parts (Suffield, Ottawa) were based at the DRDC Gascoyne Inlet Remote Camp. CFJAEA12 examined autonomous systems (UXV) such as fixed and rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), unmanned surface vehicles (USV), and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) as sensor platforms for future CF operations in harsh and remote environments like the Canadian Arctic. In such environments it can take days for external help to arrive in response to an incident or emergency. The focus of CFJAE12 was on Humanitarian and Disaster Operations (HADO) and Canadian Arctic sovereignty patrol missions. CFJAE12 showed that having UXVs on-board a nearby ship represents a lot of capability to initially respond to the incident or emergency. CFJAE12 demonstrated UXV capabilities towards: confirming northern anchorages and approaches for ships; detection, localization and situational awareness for search and rescue; providing safe passage for RCN ships in uncharted and broken-ice waters; detection and potential tracking of

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UUV;USV;UAV;UXV;Canadian Arctic operations;CFJAE;Joint Arctic Experimentation;search and rescue;intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance;autonomous systems
Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-TM-2013-003 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Nov 2013
Number of Pages
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