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HawkEye 360 expands radar signals to improve maritime awareness

HawkEye 360, which has used formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data and data analytics, has announced that the company’s flagship RFGeo product can now map an expanded catalogue of marine navigation radar signals to further improve global maritime situational awareness.

This update allows HawkEye 360 to introduce the first S-band radar signal and quadruples the number of X-band radar signals in the company’s library. HawkEye 360 can now cover the most used frequencies for X-band magnetron-based radar systems, providing a more comprehensive view of maritime activity.

“We’re addressing critical gaps in Maritime Domain Awareness by revealing an entirely new data layer for vessel monitoring,” said John Serafini, chief executive officer, HawkEye 360. “We’re excited to introduce our first signal in the S-band frequencies. By expanding our signal catalog, we’re not just collecting new and diverse RF data sets, we’re providing actionable intelligence to support the increasing number and scale of our customers’ missions.”

Vessels continuously operate marine radar to avoid nearby obstacles and safely navigate from point to point, making it an excellent signal to track vessels that have otherwise ceased AIS transmissions and gone dark. Commercial vessels 300 gross tonnage or larger are required to be equipped with X-band radars (9 GHz). The largest vessels also carry S-band radars (3 GHz) to penetrate deeper through rain or fog. Each new signal improves HawkEye 360’s ability to develop vessel profiles and help clients identify dark vessels that might be involved in illicit activities, such as smuggling or illegal fishing.

“Our customers need to maintain accurate and consistent visibility of vessels,” said Alex Fox, executive vice president for Business Development, Sales and Marketing, HawkEye 360. “Vessels are continuing to evade AIS detection to conduct illicit activities, making it difficult for organisations to identify and monitor their behaviours. We’re able to provide unique data sets that enable our customers to keep their finger on the pulse of vessel activity.”

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