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MDA BlueHawk™ combines information derived from RADARSAT-2, the most powerful source for global maritime surveillance, with diverse additional data to generate a comprehensive maritime picture previously unavailable as an unclassified commercial service. Other data sources include vessel tracking services (e.g. AIS, LRIT, VMS), vessel registration databases, historical maritime traffic records, metocean data, 3rd party optical and radar satellites, watch lists, MOU lists and customer-generated data such as coastal and airborne radar.

environmental protection


MDA BlueHawk™ identifies vessels engaged in illegal bilge dumping. Oil spill information from satellite radar is matched with AIS vessel tracks and metocean data to identify the polluting vessel and provide key evidence for use in investigation and prosecution.

sovereignty protection


MDA BlueHawk™ detects foreign naval vessels encroaching on or transiting Exclusive Economic Zones, territorial waters, or controlled areas. Satellite radar detects dark targets (vessels operating with all electronics and self-reporting turned off) which may be indicative of illegal activities or threats. Operating far beyond the range of patrol aircraft, MDA BlueHawk™ can detect dark targets globally.

threat detection


MDA BlueHawk™ includes sophisticated analytics that automatically identify and alert users of suspicious vessel behavior. Analytics and alerts are easily configurable to suit operating requirements, and can detect behaviors including vessel rendezvousing, sudden changes in speed or direction, loitering, spoofing, and geofence crossing. By calculating and monitoring predicted vessel tracks, MDA BlueHawk™ can even trigger an alert before a vessel reaches the user-defined geofence.

broad area monitoring


With the industry’s largest coverage at more than 250,000 square kilometres per satellite image, MDA BlueHawk™ delivers valuable information over vast ocean areas far beyond the reach of coastal and ship-based sensors. Radar satellites operate regardless of weather and darkness, and provide information including ship detections (vessel location, size, and heading), oil spills, and metocean data.



Viewable on any web browser, MDA BlueHawk™ provides a complete, integrated Maritime Domain Awareness picture. The intuitive interface allows users to control displayed layers including target locations and types, oil spills, satellite imagery, metocean data, vessel registry data, and other contextual information. User-generated data such as KML, text notes, and watch lists can be imported. Because MDA BlueHawk™ is an unclassified service, information can be freely exchanged between users, agencies, and governments.

fisheries protection

Fisheries Protection

MDA BlueHawk™ detects illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities in controlled fishing areas. MDA BlueHawk™ matches satellite radar-based ship detection to VMS and other data to locate illegal fishing vessels, in order to protect national interests and preserve valuable fish stocks.

counter trafficking

Counter Trafficking

MDA BlueHawk™ finds and identifies suspicious inbound vessels or those transiting territorial waters, for investigation or interdiction. Alert conditions can include dark target detection, suspicious behavior, or the crossing of geofences. Accurate detection and tracking enables efficient queuing of patrol assets to intercept targets and maximize “eyes on target”, while minimizing resource and fuel usage.

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