OTTAWA, Ontario July 14, 2011
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.
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.
SOURCE General Dynamics Canada