General Dynamics delivers deployable acoustic replay system for CP-140 Auroras
The Canadian Armed Forces have accepted the first of three deployable fast-time analysis systems from General Dynamics Canada for the CP-140 Aurora Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
The portable system, designed to fit through the crew door of the CP-140 aircraft, can be deployed with the aircraft for missions away from the main operating base in Canada and allows ground crews immediate access to post-flight analysis of critical acoustic data, confirming and classifying targets.
“Wherever in the world Canada’s Aurora is called to action, crews can easily transport this system and allow ground crews to replay and analyze recorded acoustic information as soon as the aircraft lands,” said David Ibbetson, vice president, General Dynamics C4 Systems International. “This time-critical access to recorded acoustic data supports command-level decision making as target identities are confirmed, classified and characterized in the field. The replay capability, at speeds more than eight times faster than normal, enables mission reconstruction and debriefing as well as providing the opportunity for onsite crew training immediately following missions.”
In Canada the system is referred to as the Deployable Modular VME Acoustic Signal Processor (MVASP) Post Processing and Archiving System or D-MPPAS; it makes up part of the ground equipment for the Aurora Incremental Modernization Program (AIMP). Internationally, the system will be sold under the name Acoustic Replay & Intelligence Exploitation System, or ARIES.
General Dynamics Canada is the prime integrator of the Aurora mission system.