Navy UAV Simulations — MERX NPP — Dec 2007/Nov 2009/Nov 2011
Simulating the Use of 'Autonomous Aerial Vehicles' (UAVs) Onboard Halifax Class Frigates — MERX
Update Nov 2011: Having tested a ScanEagle from HMCS
Charlottetown off NS, the RCN decided the frigate will carry this SUAV went it returns to Libyan waters.
Update: An Insitu ScanEagle was demonstrated from an MCDV in
Oct/Nov 2009. This small UAV was launched, flown, then recovered aboard HMCS
Maritime Command wants to experiment with shipboard UAVs (or 'Autonomous Aerial Vehicles'). DND has chosen their
Hardware-In-the-Loop ( HIL ) simulator already. This is based on the Canadian- made Micropilot MP2028, claimed
to be the world’s smallest UAV autopilot. 
The UAV launch and recovery techniques being investigated are
not new, having been successfully used by Insitu's
Scan Eagle. First developed for commercial fisheries tuna spotting, military Scan
Eagles have been tested aboard Australian Armidale
patrol boats where UAVs are launched from the bow catapult (right) and recovered by a SkyHook Retrieval
System on the transom.
Should the CF simulations translate into an actual Halifax class-based 'Autonomous Aerial Vehicle'
system, launch and recover of the UAVs would probably both take place
on the frigates' after-deck or the large helicopter landing deck. That scenario
is some time off. The NPP refers only to simulations – developing guidance strategies and then modelling
 From the Micropilot corporate website. Micropilot
is a small firm located near Winnipeg. The MP2028 autopilot weighs 28 grams and measures 4 cm
by 10 cm. The MP2028 package includes ground control software and cost around US$2000.
 RAN's retrieval system is essentially similar to the original Insitu type (above).
Notice of Proposed Procurement (NPP) – Recovery and Use of an Autonomous Aerial Vehicle
onboard a [Halifax class] Canadian Patrol Frigate.
Reference Number PW-$QCL-017-9865
Solicitation Number W7701-071722/A
Organization Name Public Works and Government Services
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Associated Components Yes
Closing 2007-08-27 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT
Category Research and Development (R&D)
GSINS AD917700: MILITARY
Region of Delivery Quebec
Region of Opportunity —
Agreement Type None
Tender Type Notice of Proposed
Estimated Value —
Solicitation Method —
RECOVERY AND USE OF AN AUTONOMOUS AERIAL VEHICLE ONBOARD
A CANADIAN PATROL FRIGATE
Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures: The bidder must supply Canadian goods and/or services
Competitive Procurement Strategy: Best Overall Proposal
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements: W7701-071722/A
RECOVERY AND USE OF AN AUTONOMOUS AERIAL VEHICLE ONBOARD A CANADIAN PATROL FRIGATE
The use of autonomous aerial platforms has garnered great interest for maritime forces. The ability of ships to
defend themselves depends on their capability to detect threats with their sensors. Currently, sensors are installed
on the ships' masts to position them as high as possible to aid early detection of threats. If the sensor height is
a key factor to early detection, then it would logical to locate the sensors on aerial platforms. Furthermore,
since navy ships operate in many different sea-state conditions, it is important that the aerial platforms are also
capable of being operated under these conditions. The ability to launch and recover aerial assets like uninhabited
aerial vehicles (UAVs) is a prime concern.
The objectives of the work are:
The project consists of a parametric study based on a representative model of the maritime environment which will
be used to determine the factors that affect the recovery of autonomous aerial vehicles onboard [Halifax
class] Canadian Patrol Frigates. The proposed guidance algorithms and the maritime environment model shall be
integrated into a Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) simulator which is based on the Micropilot MP2028. A second objective
is the development of guidance strat- egies that can be used by uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor
potential threats in maritime environments and initiate an intercept course. Field trials with autonomous aerial
vehicles controlled by the MP2028 or MP2128 autopilots shall be carried out to validate the HIL simulator
Bidders will be evaluated on:
Technical proposal: 26 points (min.: 18/26)
Management proposal: 15 points (min.: 10/15)
Company experience: 59 points (min.: 42/59)
Global minimal score to be achived: 70/100
The compliant proposal with the best Quality Price Ratio will be recommanded for a contract award. All the work must
be realized on the DRDC Valcartier site.
Bidders are advised that effective June 9, 2003 the 1978 Treasury Board Policy "Science and
technology — Contracting Out" has been abolished, resulting in non-profit organizations and
universities now having equitable access to compete for government science and technology requirements.
This requirement is not subject to the AIT (article 502.1.a).
This requirement is not subject to the NAFTA (annex 1001.1b-2A).
This requirement is not subject to the AGP-WTO (annex 4 of appendix 1).
This requirement is not subject to the CLCA as the services are not performed within any CLCA geographical
The intellectual property rights resulting from this work will be vested to the Crown.
The allocated budget is 75 000.00$ (plus GST). Period of contract: Contract Award to March 31st 2008.
This Public Works and Government Services Canada office provides procurement services to the public in both official
Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.
Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.
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