Lockheed Martin Canada Mission Systems & Training yesterday awarded research and development funding to Ottawa-based Maritime Way Scientific to support continued development of an advanced acoustic modelling system and tactical decision aid technologies.

Used to characterize the way sound travels in the water, the innovative modelling system, called SPARTA (Sonar Performance-Acoustic Research–Tactical Analysis), provides an improved understanding of the underwater environment to better predict ocean sound-scapes, define sonar and sensor placements and assist the warfighter in finding enemy threats.

“Today’s naval fleets must be designed to incorporate a wide array of capabilities to function effectively in the multi-dimensional theatre of operations”, stated Martin Taillefer, president and managing director of Maritime Way. “The security, survivability and underwater warfare process is directly influenced by the operational environment. Without a clear understanding of the environment, the vulnerability of any unit is increased considerably”.

“In Canada, there is a recognized need to enhance, establish and sustain these innovative technologies for underwater warfare – and I am thrilled to support a Canadian developed solution,” said Rosemary Chapdelaine, vice president and general manager of LM Canada MST. “This project represents a continued investment in naval combat management technologies to serve the needs of Canada and allied Navies around the world.”

Maritime Way has a team of acoustic theory and modelling experts who specialize in the military applications of ocean acoustics, modelling, sonar systems engineering and tactical analysis.

“This investment by LM Canada positions Maritime Way as a leading Canadian technology innovator and solution provider in ocean science,” Taillefer said. “The enhanced acoustics modelling capability, along with building a state-of-the-art underwater warfare system technology, will generate significant value for our company. We are excited to drive further product innovation with deeper customer and partner engagement.”