Satellite Technology Feature Article
Royal Navy a Successful Customer of UTC Aerospace Systems
By Meenakshi Shankar, TMCnet Contributor
UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. and a supplier of integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries, supporting a global customer base. One such customer is UK Royal Navy.
UTC has provided a number of Maritime Imagery Manipulation and Storage (MAInMAST) systems to UK Royal. According to the company, this system is unique in its ability to deliver accurate, near real-time threat analysis.
In support of the Olympics, the Royal Navy deployed UTC’s MAInMAST, noted to have contributed to the successful provision of maritime security for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, allows timely access to accurate intelligence and improved situational awareness.
With the size of just a standard briefcase and resembling a laptop, MAInMAST is housed in a server rack or in its own ruggedized case, and can be deployed onboard a ship, land vehicle or a ground-based facility. It accepts information from a variety of sensors and quickly transmits data using a live data link for immediate analysis and early, effective decision-making.
Advanced electro-optic sensors, such as those currently in use on Royal Navy helicopters, send critical information to the system. Less critical information can be retrieved from the sensor's data brick as a helicopter returns to the ship.
This system, along with UTC Aerospace Systems Merlin exploitation application software, has also created a highly effective reference library, enabling officials to track and show evidence of illicit activity – including terrorism, narcotics smuggling and piracy.
“The MAInMAST system stores data based on NATO standards held within a shared reference library, allowing information to be disseminated across wide-area networks or held in a central archive for future use," Sam Macleod, managing director, ISR Systems, said in a statement.
UTC also clarified that the system software allows data collection directly from the operators' heads-up display. This new form of immediate information retrieval is then formed into a data packet and catalogued for subsequent storage and retrieval.
In other news, United Technologies Corp., the parent company of UTC and provider of technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries, recently acquired Goodrich Corporation, a known name in the aerospace, defense and homeland security markets.
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Edited by Braden Becker