Japan will use MQ-9B multi-mode drone for extended surveillance

TOKYO, ($1 = 124.30 Japanese yen) — General Atomics Aircraft Systems [GA-ASI]which offers advanced products in remote control aircraft systems [RPAS], announced that he was happy to have been selected to support the Japan Coast Guard’s RPAS project. In this context, the Japanese Coast Guard will start using the General Atomics MQ-9B drone in operations from October 2022, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenseTurk.

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SeaGuardian is scheduled to conduct a large maritime surveillance area to support the Japan Coast Guard [JCG] missions, which include search and rescue, disaster response and maritime law enforcement. As part of the project, several successful flight tests were conducted in 2020 using the same JCG missions, using the SeaGuardian to verify compliance with Japanese regulations. “Policy for strengthening maritime security systems” and drones to carry out surveillance of large maritime areas.

Long-term aerial surveillance capability

“We are proud to support JCG’s maritime surveillance mission with our SeaGuardian drone,” said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI. The system is unique in its ability to provide cost-effective and extremely long-lasting aerial surveillance with long-range sensors in the maritime domain,” the statement said.

SeaGuardian is a multi-mode sea surface search radar equipped with an inverted synthetic aperture radar [ISAR] imaging mode, automatic identification system [AIS]high resolution optical and infrared cameras and full motion video sensor.

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This array of sensors enables real-time detection and identification of surface vessels over thousands of square nautical miles. In this context, it ensures the automatic tracking of naval targets and the correlation of AIS transmitters with radar tracks.

SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian have established a strong position in the durable remote control aircraft system market by offering all-weather compatibility and full compatibility with STANAG-4671 [NATO UAV airworthiness standard]. In this context, the operationally proven collision avoidance radar in the system enables flexible operations in civil airspace.

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