Rohde & Schwarz’ ISR capabilities lie at the heart of maritime law enforcement and emergency services. They support emerging requirements and aid maritime missions with decision-quality information, as the company is highlighting during EURONAVAL Online this week.
Coast guards around the world need to balance unprecedented demands. They must perform their traditional duties, such as search and rescue, while simultaneously fighting crime and safeguarding homeland security. They must detect, locate and identify various types of offshore distress situations, illegal operations and threats. Rohde & Schwarz has extensive experience in managing the integration of monitoring and direction-finding systems, and provides comprehensive services for system integration and system lifecycle management.
Project teams with years of experience in spectrum monitoring technologies form a strong basis for successful programmes. Knowing what is happening offshore and tracking potential targets over a broad geographic footprint dramatically increases maritime domain awareness. Such systems help detect, identify and locate potential targets, while monitoring them and intercepting communications.
Compact monitoring and direction-finding systems can maintain surveillance along a shoreline across the entire communications spectrum. These systems can be configured for surveillance of wide frequency bands in the V/UHF range or for continuous monitoring of specific frequencies, such as the maritime distress channel at 156.8MHz. They can intercept and locate emergency calls in less than a second and reliably determine the position of any genuine or hoax distress call, displaying their origin on a digital map. Open interfaces allow data fusion with coastal radar and other surveillance infrastructure thus improving maritime safety, in boosting the efficiency of SAR distress-call responses, as well as homeland security. The monitoring system automatically maintains radio surveillance of the maritime border for improved coastal waterways defence, providing information on offshore traffic, and maintaining operational readiness for coastal missions.