VIDEO: SAES Delivers First SDL-SS to Swedish Defence Materiel Administration

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: SAES Delivers First SDL-SS to Swedish Defence Materiel Administration View post tag: SDL-SS View post tag: Video View post tag: Swedish February 1, 2013 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Spain View post tag: Administration View post tag: Defence Equipment & technology View post tag: Naval View post tag: Materiel VIDEO: SAES Delivers First SDL-SS to Swedish Defence Materiel Administration View post tag: News by topic View post tag: first Sociedad Anónima de Electrónica Submarina (SAES), a Spanish company specialized in underwater acoustics and electronics, has delivered the first Sensor Data Link-Surface Segment (SDL-SS) to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV).This is the first formal delivery; SAES will deliver a total of five SDL-SS systems over the years 2013 and 2014.SAES has successfully completed the Functional Qualification Test Procedure (FQTP) of the Sensor Data Link Surface Segment (SDL-SS) with the attendance of the Royal Swedish Navy and the Swedish Defence Materiel (FMV).SAES SDL system provides a unique, fully integrated ship/air weapon system, initially designed to enhance and extend the ship acoustic sensors (ASW). SDL also enhances the Anti Surface Warfare (ASuW) and specially the Anti Ship Surveillance and Targeting (ASST) mission extending ship’s horizon of Non-Acoustic Sensors (NAS).SDL provide Surface to Air (S2A), Surface to Surface (S2S) directional wide band tactical/sensor data exchange, and Ku Band SATCOM (S2SAT) capabilities allowing full Network Concept Warfare (NCW) implementation.The SDL System is built up of two segments:Airborne Segment (SDL-AS) installed on manned/unmanned. Presently SDL-AS is fully operational on HKP-15 HelicopterSurface Segment (SDL-SS) to be installed on Surface Platforms as ships, ground stations etc.SDL-AS is a distant and elevated platform for sensors. The SDL-AS provides remote ASW capabilities without the need of a dedicated operator.SDL-SS controls and monitors SDL-AS operation from the Surface Segment. Through the data link (STANAG 7085 compliance), acoustic and non-acoustic sensors and tactical data are downlinked and interchanged with other Surface Segments or through SATCOM.The SDL system is able to extend the area of the small combatants beyond the limits of its sensors for detection, tracking and classification of underwater and surface contacts. To achieve this capability, the SDL system is able to: Control an air vehicle ASW operation (manned or unmanned) and receive acoustic and non-acoustic sensor data: Surface-To-Air (S2A) mode.Exchange data with other Surface Platform: Surface-To-Surface (S2S) mode.Extend SDL capabilities beyond LOS (Line of Sight) capability through a satellite network: Surface-To-SAT (S2SAT) modeThese operating modes allow the SDL system to collaborate in a Network Centric Warfare (NCW) with the objective to interchange acoustic, non acoustic and tactical information between the different deployed forces in a safe (STANAG 7085) and fast way. This information can be exploited worldwide via Satellite.The SDL system provides a wide set of tools and aids for mission planning, direction and control as well as for Sonobuoy acoustic signal processing. Non-acoustic sensors (NAS) data and images are also displayed and distributed to the Surface system.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 1, 2013; Image: SAES View post tag: SAES View post tag: delivers Share this articlelast_img read more

Guyana Sees Drug Trafficking Spike in Wake of Colombian Crackdown

first_img Guyana’s Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says it will be too expensive to invest in a primary radar system that covers a radius of only 70 miles, considering sparsely populated Guyana itself measures 83,000 square miles — about the size of Great Britain. Currently, radar data from neighboring countries is being shared. In November, Malaysian authorities intercepted $7.1 million worth of cocaine in sealed tins of coconut milk that had been shipped from Guyana. That same month, CANU agents unearthed 233 kilos of cocaine stashed in a consignment of powdered detergent destined for the West African nation of Niger. The following month, a Guyanese man who attempted to ship 327 kilos of cocaine in fish food to China pleaded guilty to smuggling charges, and was sentenced to four years in prison. “Guyana has been benefitting from training through CBSI to strengthen its law enforcement units to deal with drug trafficking and other threats,” said Singh, adding that drug traffickers are shifting to lucrative and less risky destinations in Africa and Asia — and away from closely guarded countries like the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Local officials say the decision by Brazil and Venezuela to shoot down illicit drug planes has resulted in fewer cocaine-laden aircraft entering Guyanese airspace. In September, Brazilian officials began teaching their Guyanese counterparts how to use Brazil’s Amazon Surveillance Integrated SIVAM/SIPAM system to monitor the area by satellite for illegal activities and environmental degradation. “Traffickers are attracted by the country’s poorly monitored ports, remote airstrips, intricate river networks, porous land borders and weak security sector capacity,” states the report. “Smugglers also transit land borders with Brazil, Venezuela, and Suriname. Cocaine is often concealed in legitimate commodities and smuggled via commercial maritime vessels, air transport, human couriers, or the postal services.” “It’s about new and emerging markets and who offers the best price. The multi-ton loads are what you see the U.S. intercepting, but then in other areas you’re seeing smaller loads because there is more money to be made and you reduce the risk by sending smaller loads,” Singh explained. “It’s easy to lose 50 kilos as opposed to, say, 500 or 5,000 kilos, and your returns are a lot greater.” Singh said traffickers prefer such emerging destinations because they’d rather see smaller amounts of drugs seized there than huge quantities seized in North America or Great Britain. Officials: $21 million worth of cocaine seized last year In 2012, according to government statistics, Guyanese authorities seized $21 million worth of cocaine at airports and seaports. In Guyana, one kilo of cocaine costs only $5,000 — while that same kilo can bring $30,000 in New York, $120,000 in China and $200,000 in Australia. He said the GDF has begun balancing its manpower and material resources to offer greater intelligence-gathering and operational support to CANU and the police. Guyanese laws prohibit soldiers from engaging in civilian operations on their own. Clandestine airstrips and fake registrations By Dialogo March 25, 2013center_img And…¿What will it be good for? Thanks for those notes. Those who speak are noticeable. People who are suffering the calamity of hunger, poverty and inequality, need to defend themselves, in any way. The “drug dealer” problem is not of the humble people or poor people, since it’s the the rich ones who can consume vices; because of the great ambition of attacking narcotics, since they provide dollars, they neglect their people: health, education, food, dwelling, etc. “We will deal with that when funds are available and as soon as those who benefit the most from this activity may be able to give us funding,” said Aviation Minister Robeson Benn. Added Guyana’s national security minister, Clement Rohee: What we are doing is building files on people, so that when we decide to move — with the permission of the court and the DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions] — I think we’ll be in a much better position than we are in now.” However, when air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane, Guyanese police and soldiers embarked on a search-and-rescue mission. They eventually found the freshly painted plane with extra fuel tanks and pumps — as well as a bogus Venezuelan registration. James Singh, head of Guyana’s Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), said high-speed boats and modern technology offered by that program will hopefully stop traffickers in their tracks. Enforcing laws already on the books Last October, authorities discovered an Ecuadorian-registered plane parked on a clandestine airstrip near Guyana’s border with Brazil. When the Cessna 421 lifted off, the plane’s Brazilian pilot followed a flight plan that would have taken it to the nearby city of Boa Vista. The U.S. State Department’s 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report paints a bleak picture of the uphill task Guyana faces. GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana is banking on the U.S.-funded Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) to buffer the impact of a Colombian drug crackdown that has pushed traffickers to exploit new routes and high-paying markets for cocaine. Commodore Gary Best, chief of staff of the Guyana Defense Force, said CBSI-funded high-speed boats will help Guyana’s Coast Guard intercept drugs coming from Colombia through neighboring Venezuela. last_img read more