Autonomous Environmental Sensor Performance Prediction Tool for Multi-Static Active and Passive Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Systems
Navy SBIR FY2014.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2014.1
Topic No.: N141-009
Topic Title: Autonomous Environmental Sensor Performance Prediction Tool for Multi-Static Active and Passive Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Systems
Proposal No.: N141-009-0667
Firm: RDA Inc.
P.O. Box 49
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901
Contact: Jon Dionne
Phone: (540) 349-8083
Web Site:
Abstract: The need exists for an autonomous Tactical Decision Aid (TDA) tool which can be used to optimize the effectiveness of Multi-Static Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) mission performance. The tool must make use of the most up-to-date and accurate environmental data obtained in real-time over a network interface. These environmental data include access to existing Naval Oceanographic Office environmental databases, in-situ measurements, and previous predictions performed under the same or similar environmental conditions. Without such a tool, the ASW mission commander has very little information with which to determine how various operational settings affect the outcome of the ASW mission. We propose a system, Autonomous Multi-static ASW Prediction System (AMAPS), that will achieve optimization levels exceeding Navy expectations by using available environmental data, improved ocean models, parallel programming enhancements, sophisticated decomposition of the optimization problem into an efficient algorithm, database archiving method, and implemented with a scalable design architecture that accommodates future enhancements from hardware improvements, new models, expanded datasets, fusion with other sensor types, and emergence of new threats.
Benefits: The Tactical Decision Aid and the optimization concepts developed for this SBIR address an immediate and critical need for an ASW system mission planning tool on PMA 264's MAC program. The optimization approach developed for this SBIR will lead to the development of a new generation of TDAs, adding considerable capability for the Navy's ASW systems. The immediate beneficiary of the SBIR technology development will be the MAC program. The TDA will initially be installed and evaluated in laboratories at the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC), Patuxent River MD as part of the Phase III SBIR. Following successful test and evaluation at NAWC, the newly developed TDA will be transitioned to Navy Tactical Support centers throughout the fleet. The technologies developed for this SBIR are beneficial to other ASW programs outside of MAC. The system concepts have been developed with the intent of transitioning the technology to other ASW platforms and eventually multiple ASW platforms performing joint operations. The TDA mission platform and sensor data are parameterized by design with the intent of making them transportable to other ASW platforms.