The focus of this paper, compiled by Squadron Leader Tim Croydon, Staff Officer Maritime, RAF, is to evaluate the necessity of long-range Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) in UK Defence following its removal in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). It is now the first time in one hundred years that the UK has been without some form of MPA capability.
As a member of the Arctic Council, the presence of the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) remains important to the wider security issues of the region. Rear Admiral Georg Lárusson, the Director General of the ICG, tells Defence IQ the current priorities and major challenges, particularly in the field of search and rescue, when it comes to operating in the Arctic environment.
To be able to respond and cover down on anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance missions, as well as being one of the first responders in any type of search and rescue or humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, the scope is huge. As such, the US Navy is now transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon. Rear Admiral Sean Buck, who will be at the Maritime Reconnaissance conference this year, discusses why this aircraft could well be the future for many other nations.
The Canadian government is prioritising sovereignty as the top focus for its Arctic maritime strategy. To achieve this, a robust surveillance and communications network is a must, but, with budgets as tight as they are, there remains anxiety over the ability to meet full expectations. Fortunately, programme managers on the forward-looking RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) say that the initiative continues to receive strong backing ahead of its completion deadline of 2018, drawing a fascinating picture for tomorrow's open ocean surveillance worldwide...
As the UK Royal Navy announces its investment of £30 million into the ScanEagle for maritime patrol duties, a new report suggests that the UAV market as a whole will exceed $8.35 billion by 2018. We cast an eye over some of the other developments happening elsewhere in the world as interest in unmanned systems explodes.