Accession Number : ADA304395

Title :   Mission Analysis Support for USCG International Ice Patrol.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT

Personal Author(s) : Pritchett, Clark W. ; Armacost, Robert L.

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Report Date : NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : This report summarizes the Cost and Operational Effectiveness Analysis (COEA) of feasible new alternatives in management, technology and operations for the International Ice Patrol (IIP). Alternatives were restricted to existing technology and proven and acceptable management procedures. Existing and planned satellite-based surveillance systems will have little value for detecting medium and small sized icebergs, the most dangerous ones to shipping. A more powerful modern computer and data processing system will provide the capacity required for IIP to reliably track an increased number of icebergs and more accurately forecast the ice limits. Failure to upgrade the APS-135 SLAR (Side Looking Airborne Radar) with a new digital processor incurs considerable cost and performance risk. IIP would have to fly approximately 200 additional hours ($890,000) with a less capable radar to achieve the same level of mission performance. The new processor may reduce flying hours considerably if it allows the full SLAR sweepwidth of 84 NM to be used for searching. IIP is well run, from both an operations and program management standpoint. Actual costs of operating the IIP program have been under-reported in the past. All costs that were anributable to the IIP program, such as administrative costs, were not identified. Aircraft surveillance is the major component (approximately 75%) of the total program cost ot the International Ice Patrol. The majority of reported costs for IIP are being recovered from the contributing SOLAS signatory nations. Ice Services Branch, Environment Canada provided cost estimates for Canadian management and operation of the IIP.

Descriptors :   *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, *MISSIONS, *RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT, *COAST GUARD OPERATIONS, *SIDE LOOKING RADAR, *ICE FORECASTING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA PROCESSING, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, HIGH COSTS, CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION, AIRBORNE, LIMITATIONS, AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT, SHIP DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, GEODETIC SATELLITES, SURVEILLANCE, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, SHIPPING, ICEBERGS.

Subject Categories : Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Snow, Ice and Permafrost
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE