A new tool to protect territorial waters

Reconnaissance started many years ago with a scout looking out of the aircraft’s window, then became more sophisticated, with different electro-optical and radar payloads – and now it has taken a big step forward.

Elbit Systems has teamed up with Windward – another Israeli company – to offer a unique integrated maritime solution.

The joint solution combines Windward’s innovative satellite-based maritime analytics system, MarInt, with Elbit Systems’ wide range of solutions for maritime domain awareness, including Hermes-900 maritime patrol unmanned air systems.

The cooperation became public when the two companies offered the combined solution to India. It addresses the specific needs of India and its vast and complex maritime arena.

The cooperation makes available a unique system adapted for very large maritime area monitoring, providing authorities with powerful means to control India’s waters.

MarInt maps global maritime activity in unprecedented detail, based on data collected from various sources such as commercial satellites, open-source databases and other sensors.

Covering any area of interest, regardless of the distance from shore, MarInt delivers maritime domain awareness over littoral or bluewater areas, for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) monitoring, fishery control, regional traffic analysis or port traffic management.

After the routine maritime patterns are observed and learned, the system performs deep behavior analysis on every vessel spotted in the designated area of interest, in order to detect anomalous or suspicious behavior.

The Maritime Hermes-900, in its new configuration, is carrying a selectable mission payload of up to 350kg, including maritime surveillance radar, an automatic identification system, electro-optical multi-sensor payload and electronic surveillance systems.

It has the endurance to cover vast ocean areas and redundant line-of-sight and satellite communications links and radio relays – enabling operators to talk to local vessels while patrolling remote sea areas at extended ranges from shore.

Countries realise that controlling territorial waters and EEZ is becoming a tough mission – to perform it, they need very advanced tools.

When you add to that the problem of piracy, the situation calls for the best available solutions.

These two companies claim they are offering one.

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