The brand-new OCEAN2020 project is aimed at building up a Recognised Maritime Picture to secure maritime dominance and is led by Leonardo. Its 15 member European countries will focus on integrating data and unmanned systems in existing fleets. Ahead of Maritime ISR Global 2018, Defence IQ had the opportunity to gain an exclusive insider insight from Antonino Arecchi, the OCEAN2020 Programme Project Leader at Leonardo. In this article, learn more about:
- - The objectives of the initiative
- - The need to foster industry cooperation to boost innovation
- - What we can expect from the live demonstration that will take place in 2019
The current operating environment for naval forces is complex, cluttered and multi-layered across subsurface, surface, air, space and cyber/EMS. Reaching maritime domain awareness and achieving decision-making superiority is reliant on the timely collection of data and integration of various ISR assets across a protected network, and this is a key driver behind navy doctrine, acquisition and CONOPS. Co-chairman of the upcoming Maritime ISR Global conference and former J2 for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (2013-2016), Rear Admiral Paul Becker is perfectly placed to know these challenges well. In this exclusive interactive infographic, discover what operational challenges, limitations and successes he faced related to ISR, from the seabed to space.
In recent weeks, several countries have taken steps to examine the future of maritime patrol and how it can address their concerns. With territorial claims in dispute, illegal trafficking routes springing up worldwide and the constant need to secure oil rigs and fisheries, it should come as no surprise at all if the market grows larger still with time. Read more on developments occurring in the Arctic, Middle East and Indian Ocean...