On October 19, 2022, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) commenced flight operations utilizing an MQ-9B SeaGuardian® Remotely Piloted Plane (RPA) from Normal Atomics Aeronautical Methods, Inc. (GA-ASI). JCG is working the SeaGuardian from the Japan Maritime Self Protection Pressure (JMSDF) Air Station Hachinohe. The RPA will primarily carry out Maritime Vast Space Search (MWAS) over the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. Different missions will embrace search and rescue, catastrophe response, and maritime legislation enforcement.
“SeaGuardian is the world’s premier asset for performing MWAS,” stated Robert Schoeffling, vp of Worldwide Strategic Growth at GA-ASI. “We’re proud to help the Authorities of Japan’s coverage to strengthen its maritime safety.”
SeaGuardian incorporates a multi-mode maritime surface-search radar with an Inverse Artificial Aperture Radar (ISAR) imaging mode, an Automated Identification System (AIS) receiver, and a Excessive-Definition – Full-Movement Video sensor geared up with optical and infrared cameras. This sensor suite allows real-time detection and identification of floor vessels over hundreds of sq. nautical miles and offers computerized monitoring of maritime targets and correlation of AIS transmitters with radar tracks.
GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian® and SeaGuardian are revolutionizing the long-endurance RPAS market by offering all-weather functionality and full compliance with STANAG-4671 (NATO UAS airworthiness commonplace). This function, together with our operationally confirmed, collision-avoidance radar, allows versatile operations in civil airspace.
SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian have garnered important curiosity from prospects all through the world. The UK Ministry of Defence chosen MQ-9B SkyGuardian for its Protector program, and the Belgian Ministry of Protection signed a contract for SkyGuardian.