UK Royal Navy Extends Contract with Airbus for Satellite-Based Maritime Surveillance

(28 June 2021)
The UK Royal Navy has awarded a 12-month contract
extension to Airbus covering the continued provision of
satellite-based maritime surveillance services for the Joint
Maritime Security Centre (JMSC).

Using optical and radar imaging as well as AIS
(Automatic Identification System) data, Airbus will provide
reports about vessels within the UK Exclusive Economic Zone, as
well as information that will help in the prevention of potential
illegal activities.

The contract follows the successful completion of
a proof of concept phase, and will ensure the continued monitoring
of areas of interest in UK waters and ultimately protect UK
sovereign borders from suspicious vessel activity.

The deal includes, Vessel Detection Reports using
SAR data analysis, either delivered in emergency mode for urgently
required satellite tasking to monitor suspicious vessels of
interest across the globe, or on a twice daily basis for general
vessel identification as well as the classification of dark
vessels in key areas of interest.

In addition, the Defence Site Monitoring service,
using automated algorithms applied to optical imagery, for the
detection, recognition and identification of vessels will detail
the evolution of port activity and raise alerts whenever abnormal
activity occurs.

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