Lead partner Cluster Maritimo Naval Cadiz had the opportunity to interview Admiral Teodoro López, Chief of Staff, Spanish Navy and Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero, Chairman of the conference. They discuss the versatility that OPVs offer to the maritime community and the need to collaborate with industry in order to design and develop the right capabilities for current and future missions.
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In a world where challenges present themselves from small water craft being used as weapons to pirates holding ships for ransom, surveillance of the sea is of the upmost importance. In the maritime security space, data fusion between several kinds of sensors can provide a full picture to identify, eliminate and deter threats. With the help of sensor specialists HENSOLDT, we explore the latest in radar and optronics technology. What’s coming out in the marketplace, what these technologies can provide and how to keep ahead in an era of rapid technological change.
Naval services in Southeast Asia are increasingly faced with the challenge of reconciling increased operational requirements, with budgetary constraints. Among reasons why operational requirements have increased include more robust activities by claimant states in disputed maritime territories, keener competition for marine resources, and the increasing threat of maritime-borne terrorism activities.
To overcome these challenges, services in the region are increasingly partnering maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) companies to keep their equipment in service.
However, given the nuances in defence procurement regulations across the different jurisdictions of Southeast Asia, these MRO opportunities may, or may not be made public.
The purpose of this report is to highlight notable MRO and retrofitting programmes across naval services in Southeast Asia that are likely to emerge in the 2020-21 time period, but may have yet to appear in public tender documents.
The opportunities highlighted here are implied by virtue of outstanding requirements, comments made by senior leaders in the respective armed forces, and other information in the public domain.
As the number of potential conflict hotspots across the world increases, there is growing risk that similar tactics may be employed by militant groups that have demonstrated their competency in perpetrating attacks on the high seas, including the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the Philippines, and the Islamic State factions of Southeast Asia. Propaganda material uncovered from Islamic State fighters returning from the Middle East to countries like Indonesia and Southeast Asia also suggest that fighters may harbour intentions to carry out maritime-borne acts of terrorism in this part of the world.
Against the backdrop of these risks, this report highlights several notable vessel protection systems that are currently on the market, or are on the verge of being commercialised. These non-lethal systems may be useful not only in preventing attacks by maritime terrorists, but also crimes perpetrated by pirates, and petty thieves.
Read Defence IQ's latest market report provides an update on the acquisition programmes in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand influenced by strategic factors from the last 24 months.
The increasing occurrence of natural disasters and proliferation of common threats to the ASEAN region showcases the need for interoperability between armed forces in the ASEAN region, however it is yet to reach the same level as our peers in Europe. This brief examines programmes that Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have embarked on to reduce the chasms between armed forces in the region.
The maritime domain plays host to some of the greatest threats to international security. Operators of manned and unmanned airborne platforms designed to fulfill maritime tasks must meet the challenge of delivering accurate surveillance to support global security at sea, no matter the challenge at hand. This report explores the latest acquisitions, requirements and holdings of maritime patrol aircraft across international forces...