New contract with the Finnish border guard RSS

25 Feb 2011

To further improve the surveillance and protection of the Baltic Sea the Finnish Border Guard (FBG) has signed a contract with Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) for phase II in the project that aims to improve the maritime surveillance capacity of FBG’s two Dornier aircraft. An advanced search radar and infrared camera will be integrated with the existing MSS 6000 maritime surveillance system.

The aircraft are used for maritime patrol missions over the Baltic Sea such as border patrol, ship traffic monitoring, monitoring of oil spills and support to search and rescue operations.
During their surveillance flights the Border Guard's Dornier surveillance aircraft detect dozens of illegal oil discharges every year from vessels within the Finnish maritime area and also elsewhere in the Baltic Sea in the context of international cooperation with other Baltic coastal states. Due to its efficiency, the system has also been employed in international surveillance operations coordinated by the EU agency Frontex.

During their surveillance flights the Border Guard's Dornier surveillance aircraft detect dozens of illegal oil discharges every year from vessels within the Finnish maritime area and also elsewhere in the Baltic Sea in the context of international cooperation with other Baltic coastal states. Due to its efficiency, the system has also been employed in international surveillance operations coordinated by the EU agency Frontex.

 "We are very pleased that the contract negotiations were successfully concluded in a spirit of good cooperation. We look forward to working together with the Border Guard on this new project" says SSC project manager, Fredrik Sandstål.

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Under the new agreement, the environmental monitoring systems installed in 2007–2009 will now be supplemented to become a fully integrated system incorporating latest-generation surveillance radar and electro-optical camera systems as well as other surveillance sensors and communication systems. In the standard setup the surveillance system will be operated by two operators but, if necessary, the system will also allow operation of all sensors from one of the consoles located at the front and the rear of the aircraft. The current phase II will be implemented during 2011 and 2012.

Facts
The MSS 6000 for the Finnish Border Guard is a fully integrated system and will include the following components:

  • Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) and infrared/ultraviolet (IR/UV) scanner for oil spill detection;
  • 360-degree search radar
  • High-speed satellite link system with internet connection;
  • Infrared and HD-level colour surveillance camera with a very powerful optical zoom coupled with the
  • MSS 6000 mission management system and supported by features including laser illumination for target identification and documentation;
  • Modernized radio direction finder for the relevant frequency bands for SAR missions;
  • digital video and still image recording system;
  • Two operator consoles equipped with a highly automated system for mission information presentation, recording and reporting.

MSS 6000 systems have been installed on several aircraft types and are used by coast guard organisations in countries around the world, in addition to Finland e.g. in Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Canada and Malaysia. The system uses state-of-the art technology and is designed to be an integral part of today'smulti-faceted maritime surveillance mission.

For further information, please contact Olov Fäst, + 46 8 627 63 28,
or Fredrik Sandstål +46 8 627 64 13.


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