Archives of Acoustics, 39, 2, pp. 215-230, 2014

Detection Range of Intercept Sonar for CWFM Signals

Gdańsk University of Technology

Gdańsk University of Technology

Stealth in military sonars applications may be ensured through the use of low power signals making them difficult to intercept by the enemy. In recent years, silent sonar design has been investigated by the Department of Marine Electronic Systems of the Gdansk University of Technology. This article provides an analysis of how an intercept sonar operated by the enemy can detect silent sonar signals. To that end a theoretical intercept sonar model was developed with formulas that can numerically determine the intercept ranges of silent sonar sounding signals. This was tested for a variety of applications and water salinities. Because they are also presented in charts, the results can be used to compare the intercept ranges of silent sonar and traditional pulse sonar.
Keywords: intercept sonar, silent sonar, CWFM signal, detection, detection range.
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DOI: 10.2478/aoa-2014-0026

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