Onsite 2011 videos
Last Year at Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance
At the last Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance event, senior officers and decision makers discussed on camera the increasingly vital role that airborne assets are playing in today’s environment. Defence IQ heard from these leading naval and intelligence commanders as they related the aspects of today’s ISR challenges that are of most importance to them…
Vice Admiral Rinaldo Veri, Spain: New ISR platforms and opportunities
Vice Admiral Rinaldo Veri discusses Spain’s positioning in the European and global maritime ISR domain, and opens up about what he sees as the future requirements for his fleet, and the emerging technologies that could bolster surveillance coverage in the Mediterranean.
Rear Admiral Norman Hayes, US NAVY: Combining international knowledge
RADM Hayes speaks honestly and enthusiastically about the opportunities available to allied forces as we work towards countering current ISR shortfalls. He also discusses the need for trust between multi-national partners in sharing information, and the new requirement to rely on each other for effective operational reconnaissance.
RADM Jose Luis Alano, Philippines: How to defend 7107 islands at once
RADM Alano reflects on the lessons from his allied partners as being applicable to his fleet’s own unique challenges in Asian waters, as well as his own successes in dealing with ISR and counter-piracy in foreign seas.
Commodore (Rtd) RS Vasan: India - past and present protection
Vasan, Head Strategy and Security Studies at the Centre for Asia Studies and former naval commander, explains the immediate threats to Indian waters, as it finds itself locked between emerging powers of a potential hostile nature, and dealing directly with its own piracy and smuggler threats around its huge coastline.
Brigadier General Wiseman Mbambo, South Africa: Dealing with the piracy hotspots
BG Mbambo explores the immediate issues facing South African forces in the attempts to control an increasingly violent piracy and insurgency movement on the high seas. It is with a joint approach, he claims, that we can begin suppressing this threat in the long-term.
RADM Ogbor Emmanuel Ogbeche, Nigeria: On the front line of counterpiracy
RADM Ogbeche’s experience with the growing maritime piracy threat of recent years is invaluable as a learning point for nations worldwide. Here, he briefly discusses the platforms and intelligence that Nigeria has at hand in dealing with the immediate problems affecting the region, and where he sees future requirements heading in the near-term years.
MQ-4C BAMS UAS: Broad Area Maritime Surveillance
Steve Enewold, Vice President of Northrop Grumman’s BAMS programme, explains from the top level how this huge unmanned aerial vehicle has been radically changing the face of United States led ISR. The new platform, at full operational capability, will provide ISR persistence over large maritime distances for long periods of time, and for up to five simultaneous orbits worldwide.
CDR Edgar Bates, Maritime Domain Awareness: Building regional ISR partnerships
“No one country can do it alone,” states Commander Bates of the US Navy as he explains both the urgency and the difficulty in creating regional partnerships to ensure effective coastal surveillance and intelligence between the US, Europe and Africa. He also discusses the next step following the introduction of the Automated Identification System – commercial space-based AIS.
Major Robert Trerice, Canada: Maintaining and acquiring modern ISR assets
Trerice is all too familiar with the need for ISR platforms to be resilient enough to deal with all potential environments as Canada’s assets are built for both warm waters and arctic conditions of its northern territories. Defending one of the largest coastal borders in the world, Canada faces an extraordinary ongoing challenge of meeting ISR requirements amid shrinking budgets.
- Analysing the UK's Sea Ceptor missile system
Much hype and pomp was made on the announcement of the £483 million demonstration contract for the development of a new hardkill system called Sea Ceptor, previously known as common anti-air modular missile (CAMM). This weapon system is the proposed solution for the future local anti-air defence system (FLAADS) aimed at replacing and improving the capability currently provided by the Seawolf missile system. The aim of Sea Ceptor is to provide local area defence (LAD) for both naval platforms and land based assets, primarily against anti-ship missiles (ASM). For all the hype a detailed analysis on Sea Ceptor’s capabilities was lacking, which is what this paper will look to address.
- Maritime security: The week that was
Defence IQ takes a brief look at the latest maritime security news from around the globe, from Nigeria approving the purchase of six boats for maritime security purposes to the Philippines and Japan strengthening maritime security co-operation.
- NATO not taking eye off piracy
At a recent Defence IQ forum, Lieutenant Commander Mike Ruminski, NATO’s Deputy Head of Logistics for the Maritime Component Command (MCC) at Northwood, briefed the delegation on an update of the Alliance’s findings and progress in countering the threat of naval piracy, an issue that he insists is still very much on its list of priorities. Ruminski outlined the importance of continued investment and attention to the problem, highlighting the sheer volume of traffic now moving through the seas, the fact that international sea lanes have to be heavily steered along the African coasts – both East and West – and the fact that smaller companies moving through these areas are the most vulnerable as most do not hire private security…
- Australia works towards maritime surveillance of the future
Australia took a step closer to acquiring a new maritime patrol aircraft at the end of 2011 when Project Air 7000 Phase 2B secured intermediate pass approval from the Government. Under Project Air 7000 Phase 2B, Australia is looking to acquire a fleet of eight military-off-the-shelf maritime patrol aircraft to replace the current ageing Lockheed AP-3C Orion fleet in a programme valued between AUD $3 billion and AUD $5 billion. Emma Kelly reports on developments for Asia-Pacific Defence Reporter.
- Asia region broad-area surveillance technologies
Defence Review Asia reporter Gordon Arthur casts an eye over the developments in major maritime surveillance platforms taking to the skies over the disputed South China Sea and surrounding areas. From ageing MPA assets to new unmanned systems and advanced radar, find out more about the recent movements in this region. To subscribe to the DRA on line magazine, visit www.defencereviewasia.com.
- Robot warships are sailing in
Ted Hooton reports for Defence Review Asia on the gradual emergence of unmanned surface vessels among international navies which could one day mark the end of the conventional warships. Whether sweeping for mines or patrolling hazardous coastlines and engaging suicide boats, the robotic option is making intriguing waves in the world of maritime security. To subscribe to the DRA on line magazine, visit www.defencereviewasia.com.
- Train as we fight, fight as we train
One of the first French pilots to deploy over Libya last year emphasises better TTPs, and joint training to prepare for other unexpected operations.
- Beyond the Sea: Royal Navy looks to horizon
From the London Olympics to the South Atlantic, no one knows better than the UK Royal Navy when it comes to keeping all eyes open for potential threats. 849 Squadron’s force aviation warfare officer summarises the past, present and future of airborne early warning.
- Thales MACS: Inter-communication for any aircraft
We speak to Gauthier Coirbay, senior programme manager for Thales's MACS Airborne InterCommunication System, which will be demonstrated at this year's event. He discusses the unique aspects of this exciting technology and outlines where this could be employed in the future.
- EDA Capability Directorate on the MARSUR project
Listen to an overview of today’s naval security landscape from the European Defence Agency’s perspective as we speak to Fabrice Coheleach, project officer at the EDA Capability Directorate. This interview includes information on the new Maritime Surveillance (MARSUR) project which allows nations to share information on threats across a single network, as well as the requirements and developments of unmanned systems, MCM, and general tactics.
- EU maritime surveillance
Vice Admiral Fernando del Pozo of the European Defence Agency talks to us about integrating EU assets and vision for greater coordination and planning, and current legal parameters and data/information sharing that many have outlined as potential stumbling blocks to an EU mission of this scope. He also provides insight into contributions made by the 'Wise Pen Team' of senior ranking and retired EU maritime experts.