Performance Metrics for Acoustic Small Arms Localization Systems
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADA VALCARTIER (QUEBEC)
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In the past ten years, in-air acoustic sensor systems have been developed for the localization of small arms fire. A number of countries have systems at different stages of advancement that they have deployed on operations. These systems are being mounted on vehicles to provide crews with better situational awareness, thereby enhancing crew safety and force protection. The acoustic system is starting to be incorporated into vehicle equipment as a standard item, especially in new vehicles. The introduction of this new technology requires a pragmatic approach to specifying the performance of these systems. For a number of years, Defence RD Canada - Valcartier has worked on the development of the Ferret small arms detection and localization system. Our involvement in the design and fielding of the Ferret has provided us with an inside view on how these systems should be specified. In this paper, we propose a basis for the specification of such a system.
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