The Defence Industries Presidency (SSB) of Turkey has recently announced that an indigenous software package has been developed for the Turkish Coast Guard’s new surveillance radar system to enhance security along the Aegean Sea coastline.
Ensuring the security of the coasts along the Aegean Sea has gained special prominence in recent years, where Turkey has become one of the key transit points for refugees and migrants aiming to cross into Europe.
Prof İsmail DEMİR, the Head of SSB, told the Anatolian Agency (AA) that the first software package of the Coastal Surveillance Radar System (CSRS) Programme has been delivered to the Turkish Coast Guard Command (TCGC) and added that the system has been developed entirely by local sources and the two remaining software packages with additional features for the system are in the pipeline.
The CSRS will be fully integrated with other public services and provide uninterrupted surveillance along the coastline to enhance search and rescue efforts and prevent illegal activities like human smuggling, irregular migration and violations of Turkish territorial waters, DEMİR stated.
The main purpose of the CSRS is to provide situational awareness with extended radar coverage for the coastal and territorial waters of countries by creating a Recognized Maritime Picture, which is further augmented by inputs from electro-optic sensors (EOS), Public Services and/or other governmental organizations. Such a capability will clearly enable authorities to increase the effectiveness of law enforcement and search and rescue (SAR) activities in their coastal and territorial waters. Moreover, the system has the potential to also contribute to ecological endeavours by making the fight against maritime pollution and illegal fishing more effective.
The software components of the CSRS have been developed by the prominent defence and technology house of Turkey, HAVELSAN. HAVELSAN is an established global player offering new generation end-to-end technologies with 38 years of experience in the fields of defence, simulation, ICT, homeland security including cybersecurity.
The global rise in transnational threats is increasing the importance of next generation border/coastal surveillance technologies and of augmented reality and data analytics to further enhance those capabilities. The sector is thus gaining momentum rapidly in terms of integrated technologies as a result of investments worldwide. The increase in transnational incidents, criminal activities and border disputes threaten not only countries individually and their bilateral relations but also global peace and security. Coastal areas are among the primary lines of defence for authorities in the protection of the public and critical infrastructure.
As a company dedicated to making the world a safer place and the consequent need for sophisticated technologies, HAVELSAN has established itself as one of the leading solution providers towards meeting the needs of countries keen on improving the safety of their coasts and the security of their homelands.