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[*] posted on 12-4-2019 at 09:16 AM
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Jamaica orders Thales’s coastal surveillance system

Matteo Natalucci, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

11 April 2019


Jamaica orders Thales’s Coast Watcher 100 coastal surveillance radars. Source: Thales

The Jamaican Government has ordered several Thales's Coast Watcher 100 coastal surveillance systems to strengthen its capabilities.

Under the USD30 million contract, the company will supply the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) with a turnkey system built around several Coast Watcher 100 radars, electro-optical sensors, and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radios. It will also deliver a National Control Centre that will process data from radars and sensors to provide operational capacity to the JDF.

The Jamaican Information Minister, Ruel Reid, announced the award during a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on 13 February. Reid said the first instalment will begin before the end of the year and continue over the next two years.

The Coast Watcher 100, manufactured in Rouen, is an X-band long-range surface and air surveillance radar designed for round-the-clock detection of small targets in harsh environments. The system has an instrumented range up to 100 n miles and a range resolution down to four metres.

The radar can detect surface and air targets ranging from inflatable dinghies to warships, helicopters and aircraft in low-level flight.

According to the company, The Kinematic Scan To Scan© signal processing technology of the algorithm, enables the radar to perform a precise filtering of all environmental clutters, including extreme weather conditions, allowing for the precise detection and discrimination of small targets, while also offering a low false alarm rate.

This system is built for maritime surveillance, through detection, tracking, and identification of small, fast, and highly manoeuvrable targets as well as low-altitude airborne threats in challenging environments such as high seas and rain. The radar provides a high sea and rain clutter rejection thanks to its frequency agility, circular polarisation, high resolution, and Doppler processing.

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[*] posted on 8-1-2020 at 11:45 AM


SitaWare 6.10 introduces maritime add-on features

Richard Scott, London - Jane's International Defence Review

07 January 2020


SitaWare 6.7 was installed on HDMS to support its flagship tasking for SNMCMG1. SitaWare 6.10, released in January 2020, includes a maritime add-on module. Source: Richard Scott/NAVYPIX

Denmark's Systematic is releasing a maritime add-on module as part of the latest 6.10 release of its SitaWare Headquarters command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) software product.

The development, which the company said reflects growing interest from maritime users, follows SitaWare Headquarters' employment as a planning tool for Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) throughout 2019.

While Royal Danish Navy (RDN) vessels have deployed on multinational missions with SitaWare, the employment of SitaWare Headquarters on SNMCMG1 flagship HDMS Thetis marked the first time that the software has been used as the flag-level staff planning tool for a NATO maritime task group.

SitaWare Headquarters is a scalable C4I software suite designed to provide an accessible browser-based toolset to support command and control (C2), situational awareness, mission planning, and coalition interoperability. The user community is predominantly in the army and joint domains.

"However, we saw that some customers had taken [SitaWare] into the maritime domain, specifically Ireland and Denmark," said Morten Juhl Bødker, Systematic's business product manager for SitaWare Headquarters. "We have recognised this. At the same time we see that NATO customers are starting to explore options to replace their existing C4I systems, like MCCIS [Maritime Command and Control Information System].

"That has driven an upgrade to meet the specific needs of maritime users. Our view was that with some investment we could address up to 80% of user needs 'out of the box' through a maritime add-on [module]."

New maritime-specific features introduced as part of the SitaWare 6.10 add-on are designed to provide a comprehensive Recognised Maritime Picture (RMP), improve planning capabilities, and introduce maritime-specific tools and functionalities. Among the new features are auto-track correlation, S-63 chart support, and a closest point of approach function.

"The new [maritime add-on] planning tools for 6.10 … include the '4 Whiskey' grid [to support area planning/patrol boxes for large-scale maritime operations], 'Screen Kilo' [supporting a moving formation], and Position and Intended Movement [PIM]," Bødker told Jane's.

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[*] posted on 27-1-2020 at 09:05 PM


Bird demos OSCAR maritime data fusion system in Africa

Yaakov Lappin, Tel Aviv and Jeremy Binnie, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

24 January 2020


An image released by Bird Aerospace shows the interface of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCAR) system. Source: Bird Aerospace

Bird Aerosystems, an Israeli company that develops special-mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems, announced on 14 January that it had completed a successful trial of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCAR) solution for an African client it did not identify.

"The successful trial and the OSCAR solution's unique capabilities will be presented during the upcoming Africa Maritime Security Forum in Senegal," the company said in a statement.

Bird said that OSCAR applied "machine-learning algorithms on real-time maritime data sources" that included satellite and terrestrial AIS information, costal radar, electro-optical (EO) and radar satellite imagery, and tactical sensors. This enabled it to "detect, analyse and prioritise suspicious vessels while providing automatic intelligence and threat assessments and alerts of any suspicious or illegal activity detected", it said.

This enabled the customer to focus its resources on the vessels OSCAR flagged as suspicious.

A company source told Jane's that OSCAR enables users to "tailor the required operations to combat these threats with the support of the customer's surface and air assets, achieving improved operational efficiency along with major cost savings".

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