BIRD Aerosystems’ OSCAR Maritime Domain Awareness Solution completes first operational trial

The system was operated as part of an operational trial in Africa and proved its high effectiveness in detecting and pointing out suspicious vessel activities.

BIRD Aerosystems, the leading developer of Airborne Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO) and Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS), announces it has completed a successful trial of the OSCAR solution in Africa.

The successful trial and the OSCAR solution’s unique capabilities will be presented during the upcoming Africa Maritime Security Forum in Senegal.

During the trial, the OSCAR (Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance solution) system was operated for a customer in Africa, and applied machine-learning algorithms on real-time maritime data sources such as satellite and terrestrial AIS, satellite SAR/EO/IR, LRIT, coastal radars, tactical sensors and more

This data was then used to detect, analyze and prioritize suspicious vessels while providing automatic intelligence and threat assessments and alerts of any suspicious or illegal activity detected.

The information provided by the OSCAR system enabled the customer to focus on specific vessels that were pointed out by the system as acting suspiciously, examine them, and incriminate the ones performing illegal activities.

Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder at BIRD Aerosystems: “We are happy to announce that we have completed a successful operational trial of the OSCAR Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) solution in Africa. As we expected, the system was very effective in pointing out the suspicious vessels amongst hundreds of ordinary vessels, therefore allowing the customer to pinpoint his maritime patrol activities and achieve a very high operational efficiency in a cost-effective way.”

Ronen also disclosed that the OSCAR is a Fully autonomous and advanced multi-sensor MDA system, and Bird Aerosystem hopes that this trial will further expand the number of customers who are already interested in the system.

OSCAR is an affordable and quick to deploy solution delivering real-time intelligence and threat assessments for vessels within a country’s areas of interest. Combined with a secure over-the-cloud deployment and multi-sensor integration, OSCAR is an ideal solution for a nation’s maritime protection needs, as it provides 24/7 protection of the maritime domain and Tier 1 Level of prevention against illegal activities at sea such as Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, oil theft, smuggling, and illegal transshipment, as well as for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) monitoring.

It is fully autonomous and personally customized for the needs of each customer, OSCAR handles oceans of data quickly and efficiently, driving operational costs down and detection probabilities up.

About BIRD Aerosystems

BIRD Aerosystems is a privately-owned company established in 2001 and based in Israel. The company specializes in developing and deploying two main product lines:

Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Airborne Surveillance, Information and Observation (ASIO) solutions.

BIRD’s field-proven Airborne Missile Protection System (AMPS) family of solutions provides complete protection against all known Surface to Air Missiles (SAM) including MANPADS, Laser Beam Rider threats and radar-guided missiles. The company’s ASIO solution offers decision-makers and field-commanders accurate, real-time terrestrial and maritime information that enhances situational awareness.

Combining in-depth knowledge of airborne operational requirements along with continuous innovations that drive the development of new and advanced airborne products and solutions, BIRD provides turn-key programs that include operational analysis, system design, system integration and installation, project management, extended product support, and a broad range of system engineering activities including ground testing, flight testing, and system certification.

BIRD Aerosystems’ solutions are in wide-scale, long-term use by some of the world’s largest commercial, governmental, military, and transnational organizations – including NATO forces, UN Air Operations, the US Government, Airbus, and other major aircraft manufacturers, and many others.

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