Maritime Surveillance Systems Tested on SeaGuardian UAS

By Mike Ball / 02 Feb 2021
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Raytheon Intelligence & Space’s maritime surveillance technologies have been successfully flight tested on board a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) SeaGuardian unmanned aerial system (UAS) by Japan’s Coast Guard. The aircraft was fitted with a SeaVue Expanded Mission Capability (XMC) radar and AN/DAS-4 Multi-spectral Targeting System for the tests, which took place in the Hachinohe region of Aomori Prefecture.

The SeaVue XMC radar provides enhanced wide-area surveillance by rapidly and efficiently identifying targets of interest, such as small maritime vessels. SeaVue MR delivers expanded capabilities including small-target detection at longer ranges and higher altitudes, and a software-defined digital architecture to add new functionality without changing hardware.

The DAS-4 sensor suite provides next-generation high-definition electro-optical (EO) surveillance with full-motion video for identification and engagement of targets with superior accuracy. The flight tests support the Japan Coast Guard’s Strengthening Maritime Security System policy, which calls for modernized maritime technologies to protect Japan’s sovereignty.

Barbara Borgonovi, vice president of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems for RI&S, commented: “Our advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions can aid the Japan Coast Guard to perform their duties effectively in alignment with Japan’s maritime security priorities. Through our partnership with GA-ASI, SeaVue XMC and DAS-4 contribute to SeaGuardian’s critical role to help operators make decisions faster. Our wide-area surveillance technologies have proven track records that can be tailored to any mission in the maritime environment.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact