The mandate of Defence R&D Canada – Atlantic (DRDC Atlantic) is to conduct research and development in the areas of Underwater Sensing and Countermeasures, Naval Command and Control Information Systems, Naval Platforms, Air Platforms, Signature Management, Emerging Materials, and Modelling and Simulation.
These research and development activities support operations, acquisition, maintenance and requirements planning by Canada’s Navy and Air Force.
Within undersea warfare, DRDC Atlantic leads in sonar technology, mine countermeasures and torpedo defence. We are expanding our expertise in naval command and control and information systems.
We also lead in naval platform research and development, encompassing structural modelling, computational fluid dynamics, and operational effectiveness applied to ships and submarines.
We manage air platform technology programs for the benefit of Air Force operations, including aeropropulsion, aerodynamics, flight mechanics, structures and materials.
Our research and development in signature management investigates and reduces the vulnerability of military platforms to emissions and reflections of energy.
Our emerging materials research and development supports a variety of Canadian Forces materiel requirements, from “functional” and “smart” materials to advanced power sources.
We employ modelling and simulation to develop and integrate platform and combat systems models for acquisition, requirements, rehearsal and training.
DRDC Atlantic is one of eight research centres of DRDC.