Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lockheed Martin In Talks With BEL About Coastal Surveillance


Aerospace Daily & Defense Report Jun 30 , 2010 , p. 12
Neelam Mathews

NEW DELHI — Lockheed Martin India is offering its software expertise to help Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) of India design the country’s coastal surveillance system.

“We have looked at different bids — their radars and C2 systems,” Roger Rose, CEO of Lockheed Martin India, tells Aviation Week. “We have made an offer to BEL to cooperate as they design the system. . . . The hard part is putting the system together and getting the results. India has a huge coastline. The question is how do you allow the free flow of vessel traffic and still protect your coastline.”

Lockheed Martin’s MTM-300 is a rules-based software system that integrates and displays vessel tracks from the sensor suite. It has the ability to display vessel tracks from multiple sites and multiple sensors. In addition, vessels tracked by multiple sources are correlated by MTM-300 into a single, fused system track to minimize ambiguity. Decision support software continuously monitors all vessel activity to automatically alert the operator of rules violations, risks or security intrusions in both real-time and in a predictive mode.

Lockheed Martin recently replied to a Request for Information from the Port Trust of India for installation of a Vessel Traffic Management System for its Setusamudra Project, covering the channel between India and Sri Lanka.

The U.S. Coast Guard chose Lockheed Martin to develop its Ports and Waterways Safety System (PAWSS). PAWSS has been installed in nine U.S. ports to date.

Internationally, Lockheed Martin has installed its systems in France, Greece, Egypt, China, Argentina, the Republic of Georgia, Singapore, Morocco, Algeria, Albania, Turkey and Romania. A transportable marine security system is also available, the company says.

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