Littoral Challenges On The Radar

The world is rapidly changing, especially in and around world oceans. Global commerce and transportation of goods, as well as 95 percent of travel by sea and through littorals happen through high traffic ports. Unfortunately, along with commerce, untoward and illegal activities in littorals is also on the rise.

A majority of human activities and interactions, along with conflicts, occur close to coastal countries. Almost daily reports of terrorism, piracy, illegal fishing and drug trade, smuggling and natural disasters leave people shaken. With threats increasing in the coastal environment, new strategies are needed in order to develop the sea power globally. The military, police, coast guard and other civil agencies have to know “who is out there”. Modern radar technology can provide crucial information with respect to this.

On August 9th & 10th, Saab, along with the National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM), organised a two-day course and an executive seminar with focus on the role of radar technology in the littoral environment. The event was part of the Executive Talk Series organised by the Centre for Leadership and Professional Development, UPNM, as well as a part of the Sweden Malaysia Innovation Initiative (SMII).

SMII was started in 2013 by the Swedish Embassy, together with Swedish Academia and Industry. The focus for SMII is bilateral cooperation within R&D, exchange of knowledge and building of bridges between Sweden and Malaysia and supporting future industrial cooperation between Saab and local organisations and industry.

During the two-day seminar, over 200 experts from the Navy, Army, Police, Coast Guard, Fishery Department and local industry, together with students and staff from UPNM participated and exchanged experiences. Bo Wallander (Captain, Swedish Armed Forces, Retd.) and Pontus Djerf (CMD, Swedish Armed Forces, Retd.), both from Saab Surveillance, shared their experiences and knowledge focusing on challenges and requirements for radar solutions for today and capabilities needed tomorrow.

According to them, with new strategies and a combination of high performing radars and Control Management Systems, it will be possible to develop the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) capability to prepare for threats and to achieve a common understanding about maritime situation. Crucial information can be shared between military and civilian organisations and even between countries. This will also support the commander of a ship to fulfil his task and safely bring his ship and crew home.