LFA and CFLA Acoustic Sensors
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-050
Topic Title: LFA and CFLA Acoustic Sensors
Proposal No.: N131-050-0466
Firm: Adaptive Methods, Inc
5860 Trinity Parkway
Suite 200
Centreville, Virginia 20120
Contact: Walt Allensworth
Phone: (301) 840-9722
Web Site: www.adaptivemethods.com
Abstract: Challenges faced today by the U.S. Navy's ASW forces are due to the increasing number of diesel-electric submarines operated by some nations. These threats faced by the U.S. Navy have become increasingly difficult to locate using traditional passive acoustic sonar due to the advancement of quieting technologies in submarines. Low-Frequency Active (LFA) and Compact Low-Frequency Active (CLFA) sonars were developed to improve the detection range of these quiet submarines. LFA and CLFA were originally designed for use in a deep-water, low-clutter environment. Active clutter has significantly increased as these active sonars moved from deeper water to littoral environments. Adaptive Methods proposes to develop an active adaptive beamformer (ABF) for LFA and CLFA which provides improved active clutter reduction and improved signal to interferer and noise ratio. ABF algorithms ability to suppress loud acoustic interference arriving in the sidelobe region of beams will reduce clutter and improve detection performance. Adaptive Methods proposes to apply our approach to Robust Adaptive Matched Filtering to beamformed data that will improve the detection of weak signals of interest normally masked by loud interference in correlations. The feasibility of our concepts will be demonstrated by use of simulated data and comparison to the existing processing system.
Benefits: The benefits to the U.S. Navy will be improved performance of the current LFA and CLFA signal processing strings. These changes will have positive effect on Automated Information Processing and will reduce the clutter on operator displays, facilitating detection. The market for this technology, or components thereof, is the US Navy, commercial seismic surveyors, and other ocean research activities utilizing acoustic sensors. The key to marketability in all of these communities is developing re-packable spin-off products that can efficiently integrate into other existing systems.