MDA BlueHawk™

MDA BlueHawk™ provides an unclassified multi-sensor Maritime Domain Awareness picture to maritime security organizations worldwide.

Fusing space-based radar, AIS vessel tracking and other maritime information, MDA BlueHawk™ monitors vast maritime regions, rapidly detecting potential threats as far from shore as possible.

MDA BlueHawk™ delivers the information you need, delivering essential information that is critical to mission success including:

  • Where are the vessels in my area of interest?
  • Which vessels don’t want to be seen?
  • Which vessels are potential threats?
  • Have there been any oil spills in my area of interest?
  • What else is happening in my area of interest?

Environmental Protection: MDA BlueHawk™ uses RADARSAT-2 imagery to identify vessels engaged in illegal bilge dumping, as displayed above. 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 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. The tool also allows one to tag vessels that are of interest.

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 identify vessels. Alerts can be defined to notify users of ships that have crossed into these user defined geofenced areas in order to protect national interests and preserve valuable fish stocks.

Counter Trafficking: MDA BlueHawk™ finds and identifies suspicious inbound vessels or those transiting territorial waters, for investigation or interdiction. The system provides key information such as altered course, vessel rendezvousing, sudden speed changes, loitering, geofence crossing, and spoofing, to allow users to analyze suspicious vessel behaviour. Accurate detection and tracking enables efficient queuing of patrol assets to intercept targets and maximize “eyes on target”, while minimizing resource and fuel usage.

Broad Area Monitoring: With the industry’s largest coverage at more than 250,000 square kilometers 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. Some of the many different satellite imaging modes include: Wide Ultra-fine (50km swath with 3m resolution), Extra-fine (125km swath with 5m resolution), and Ship Detection Mode (450km x 500km with the ability to detect vessels 25m or larger).

Data Fusion: 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.

Threat Detection and Alerts: 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.

Common Operating Picture: 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.

MDA BlueHawk™ provides immediate access through any web browser, enabling immediate deployments with no IT investment or maintenance (MDA BlueHawk™ Online). MDA BlueHawk™ is also available as a direct data feed (MDA BlueHawk™ Datafeed) into customer systems, or as an enterprise-class system installed at customer locations (MDA BlueHawk™ HQ).

Fusing space-based radar, AIS vessel tracking and other maritime information, MDA BlueHawk™ monitors vast maritime regions, rapidly detecting potential threats as far from shore as possible.

Access a Maritime Picture Covering Vast Maritime Regions

See both across your EEZ and globally, including open ocean and areas beyond patrol aircraft ranges
Fuses SAR information with space-based AIS to correlate vessels identity and location
See "dark" targets that are not self-reporting, which may present the greatest threats
See predicted routes and historical tracks of ships
See oil slicks in your area of interest and identify the most likely polluters
See environmental conditions which may explain vessel intent

Identify Potential Threats Close or Far From Your Shores

Detect suspicious vessels in, or heading towards, national areas of interest
Assess threats through intent analysis

Get More From Your Existing Assets with Queued Dispatch

Send patrol assets directly to suspicious vessels to gain extended ranges, spend more time “eyes on target”, reduce fuel burn, and avoid patrolling empty waters

Access and Share Critical Information Today

Web-browser based service can be deployed immediately, with no IT investment or maintenance
Unclassified information enables information sharing between agencies and governments