July 14, 2011
General Dynamics Canada and Defence Research and Development Canada Atlantic Successfully Complete Torpedo-Defence Demonstration
OTTAWA, Ontario, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Canada has completed its largest and most successful Technology Demonstration Program (TDP) with Defence Research and Development Canada Atlantic (DRDC Atlantic), demonstrating a torpedo-defence enhancement that will increase the level of protection for Canadian Navy ships.
The Multisensor Torpedo Detection Classification and Localization (MSTDCL) Technology Demonstration Program was initiated in 2006 by DRDC Atlantic to develop and demonstrate advanced concepts in multisensor automated torpedo warning for the Halifax-class patrol frigates. The potential lethality of even a single torpedo hit underpins the need for this type of detection capability. As the prime contractor, General Dynamics Canada supported DRDC Atlantic by providing analysis, design, development, installation and support, culminating in the development of a prototype underwater warfare system called Pleiades.
General Dynamics Canada is the original manufacturer of the highly-reliable antisubmarine sonar systems currently in use on the patrol frigates, and was selected through a competitive process for the project.
"Our longstanding relationship with DRDC Atlantic, a globally renowned defence research centre with world-leading expertise in anti-submarine warfare and mine and torpedo defence systems, has strengthened General Dynamics Canada's inherent underwater intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance pedigree and expertise," said Brian Fava, vice president of air and naval systems for General Dynamics Canada. "Pleiades offers a low-cost, low-risk solution to immediately improve Halifax-class ships' torpedo detection capabilities, reducing the risk to the Canadian fleet in hostile environments."
The technology developed during the demonstration uses an open hardware and software architecture, and a modular and flexible system design. Moving this technology from a demonstration prototype to an operational adjunct system enables future enhancements and a quicker transition of technology from the research lab into the fleet. DRDC Atlantic plans to do further research in the development of new techniques for reliable auto-detection of torpedoes.
General Dynamics Canada is a leading systems integrator of complete command, control, communication, computing, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions with an international pedigree for excellence in the production and long-term support of technology-based, integrated solutions for land, airborne and maritime applications. For more information about General Dynamics Canada, visit www.gdcanada.com.
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SOURCE General Dynamics Canada