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Coast Guard Seeks Information On Maritime Surveillance Sensors

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The Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) released a Request for Information (RFI) Aug. 22 to gather market research about commercially available low-cost technologies and systems for improving the Coast Guard’s Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) in remote regions.

The Coast Guard is seeking detailed information about sensor capabilities, effective range of operation, processing capability, cost, automatic target recognition, ability to integrate with the existing fleet platform, and any other features that may be of interest to the service. In addition to technology and system solutions across the Coast Guard fleet and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, technologies and systems used by small, remote Pacific Island states and those with little or no logistics funding trail will be considered.

The RFI is available here.

The Coast Guard faces challenges to maintaining efficient Maritime Domain Awareness while patrolling 12.2 million square miles of maritime territory in the Pacific Ocean with limited aerial and surface assets. “This project will test the use of advanced sensors as well as MDA and ISR systems that could enable the Coast Guard to leverage their existing assets, thus providing more comprehensive coverage without the need to acquire additional staff, ships or aircraft,” explained Scott Craig, program manager for the Maritime Domain Awareness Pilot Study in the Research, Development, Test & Evaluation program.

The deadline to submit responses is Oct. 31, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT.

For more information: Research, Development, Test and Evaluation program page and Research and Development Center program page