A European project to develop unmanned semi-fixed sea platforms for maritime surveillance (USSPS) will be led by Greek company ETME while Naval Group has been selected as a technical coordinator.
The USSPS project will develop the backbone of an advance (C5ISTAR) federated system of systems. USSPS will integrate legacy assets and systems with innovative solutions, aiming to improve maritime surveillance capabilities, reduce high value asset utilization and mission related costs, and provide cross-domain persistent and permanent maritime situational awareness.
The project will develop an unmanned highly autonomous, energy efficient and miniaturized oil rig technology-based platform capable to integrate a wide range of air, surface and underwater sensors. The platforms will enable deployment in any geographical region, including all types of sea-beds and deep-sea regions, and operation under adverse environmental conditions.
With ETME, as leader of the consortium, and Naval Group as Technical coordinator, the consortium brings together major European industrial actors (Navantia, Applied Intelligence Analytics Limited, Prolexia, Multimedia Workshop, Sener Aeroespacial, SIGNALGENERIX, SMST Designer & Constructors, Techlam, Tecnobit Slu, Unmanned Teknologies Applications) as well as research centres (CY.R.I.C Cyprus Research And Innovation Center, Foundation For Research And Technology Hellas (FORTH) and Stichting Maritiem Research Instituut Nederland).
Together, they will create a solution to secure and protect various maritime areas allowing to cover both air, surface and underwater dimensions thanks to suitable sensors.
Emerging from the original patented concept of platforms developed by ETME, the USSPS system will combine innovative solutions for the integration and coordination of C5ISTAR capabilities to generate maritime surveillance networks of sensors based on semi fixed unmanned platforms.
This 42-month program to study, design, prototype and test the solution is part of a long-term cooperation in R&D between France and Greece.