Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics De­liv­ers First De­ploy­able Fast-time Acous­tic Re­play Sys­tem

RCN News - - Letters -

Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics Canada has de­liv­ered the first of three de­ploy­able fast-time anal­y­sis sys­tems for the CP140 Aurora Mar­itime Pa­trol Air­craft. The por­ta­ble sys­tem, de­signed to fit through the crew door of the CP-140 air­craft, can be de­ployed with the air­craft for mis­sions away from the main op­er­at­ing base in Canada and al­lows ground crews im­me­di­ate ac­cess to post-flight anal­y­sis of crit­i­cal acous­tic data, con­firm­ing and clas­si­fy­ing tar­gets.

"Wher­ever in the world Canada's Aurora is called to ac­tion, crews can eas­ily trans­port this sys­tem and al­low ground crews to re­play and an­a­lyze recorded acous­tic in­for­ma­tion as soon as the air­craft lands," said David Ibbetson, vice pres­i­dent, Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics C4 Sys­tems In­ter­na­tional. "This time-crit­i­cal ac­cess to recorded acous­tic data sup­ports com­mand-level de­ci­sion-mak­ing as tar­get iden­ti­ties are con­firmed, clas­si­fied and char­ac­ter­ized in the field. The re­play ca­pa­bil­ity, at speeds more than eight times faster than nor­mal, en­ables mis­sion re­con­struc­tion and de­brief­ing, as well as pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity for on­site crew train­ing im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing mis­sions."

In Canada, the sys­tem is re­ferred to as the De­ploy­able Mo­du­lar VME Acous­tic Sig­nal Pro­ces­sor (MVASP) Post Pro­cess­ing and Ar­chiv­ing Sys­tem or D-MPPAS; it makes up part of the ground equip­ment for the Aurora In­cre­men­tal Mod­ern­iza­tion Pro­gram (AIMP). In­ter­na­tion­ally, the sys­tem will be sold un­der the name Acous­tic Re­play & In­tel­li­gence Ex­ploita­tion Sys­tem, or ARIES.

Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics Canada is the prime in­te­gra­tor of the Aurora mis­sion sys­tem and pro­vides in­te­grated hard­ware and soft­ware sys­tems that en­able the air­craft's ca­pa­bil­i­ties in a va­ri­ety of roles, in­clud­ing search and res­cue, air­borne com­mand and con­trol, sur­face and sub-sur­face mar­itime, over­land and coastal sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tions. Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics Canada is also pro­vid­ing ground sup­port equip­ment, in­clud­ing a soft­ware in­te­gra­tion lab, pre­and post-mis­sion anal­y­sis tools, and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, as well as long-term in-ser­vice sup­port (ISS).

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