Atlantic Littoral Intelligence Reconnaissance and Surveillance Experiment The Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre (CFEC) has been conducting Concept Development and Experimentation related to the employment of Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and their potential contribution to national surveillance requirements. The next event in this process, the Atlantic Littoral Intelligence Reconnaissance and Surveillance Experiment (ALIX), is designed to integrate tactical, operational and strategic decision makers within the Department of National Defence (DND) as well as other interested government departments. The primary tool to share information will be the Canadian Maritime Network (CANMARNET) which is an unclassified data network maintained by DND but accessible by various departments. ALIX will be focused around three experimental scenarios: a Sovereignty Operation in the Arctic; a United Nations Peace Support in the vicinity of the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Canadian Forces Base at Gagetown New Brunswick; and a Marine Security Operation over the Grand Banks. In each case a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV will conduct a mission of about thirty hours duration and provide information from sensors such as electro-optical, infrared and multi-mode maritime radar. The UAV data will be shared across the network and integrated with information from several other sources. As a result there is potential to support the needs of other departments with respect to surveillance requirements that coincide with the ALIX geographical areas. It is anticipated that this support would be delivered via the CANMARNET in response to specific requests for information submitted by a given department as part of the overall planning for one of the three scenarios. ALIX is planned for August 2004. For specific information about the experiment details please contact Mr. Allan Shurson, Experiment Manager, at (613) 990-7506 or shurson.am2@ forces.gc.ca. For regional issues and details on how other departments may become involved please call Lieutenant Commander Ian Anderson, Maritime Forces Atlantic, at (902) 427-0550 ext 3203 or email@example.com.
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