In Part 1 of this lecture, a description of fusion levels was provided in general terms, without specific reference to any application. The focus was mainly on general principles, recent developments, and challenges. In Part 2, a specific application of information fusion to missions requiring a Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) is presented. The prediction and recognition of attempted piracy require an extensive use of long-range maritime patrol aircraft, such as the Canadian Aurora, whose capabilities are described at length (sensors, autonomy, etc.). Network-enabled operations, which can be achieved through information exchange via datalinks, require that fusion nodes be distributed, one per platform, the Aurora, or CP-140 being one of these platforms. Prosecution of pirates is most easily achieved by ships that are dispatched using the Common Operating Picture shared by the MPA, UAVs, satellites, ships and ground stations.
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