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Verifying optimal depth settings for LFAS

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Author: Lam, F.P.A. · Beerens, S.P. · Ainslie, M.A.
Type:article
Date:2006
Publisher: Nexus Media, Ltd
Place: Swanley, Kent
Institution: TNO Defensie en Veiligheid
Source:Undersea Defence Technology - UDT Europe 2005 - Shaping the future of Undersea Defence, 21-23 juni 2005, RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Identifier: 219014
Keywords: Defence

Abstract

Naval operations in coastal waters are challenging the modelling support in several disciplines. An important instrument for undersea defence in the littoral is the LFAS sonar. To adapt to the local acoustic environment, LFAS sonars can adjust their operation depth to increase the coverage of the sonar. The optimal depth can be determined by a reliable sonar performance model. In 2003, during a sea trial in the Mediterranean Sea, a series of experiments was conducted to verify the sonar performance modelling for several target and sonar depths. For these experiments, the propagation situation was understood, and target echo level and sound propagation loss was favourably compared with the modelling.