Multistatic sonar: a road to a maritime network enabled capability
NATO's operational requirements emphasize interoperability of platforms participating in coalition task forces. Intelligently fusing data of multiple sensor systems and the development of adapted tactics are necessary steps towards a truly network enabled capability with improved performance. In the last decade NURC has been a key playerin the field of multistatic sonar research and experimentation. Technical feasibility of theconcept has been assessed in a variety of multistatic settings and assets in collaboration with different partners across NATO. Goodprogress has been made in the field of tracking and data fusion. Moreover, a multistatic tacticalplanning aid (MSTPA) is currently under development, which will make tactical evaluation and optimisation of maritime sensor networks possible.This paper summarises the progress to date and describes the current state-of-the-art. It also addresses ideas for the near future that include evolution of the multistatics concept towards a network enabled capability.
SourceOriginally published in: UDT Europe, Undersea Defence Technology Europe, Naples, Italy, 5-7 June 2007