IMDEX 2011: ITT targets emerging markets for systems integration
Communications specialist ITT has described plans to grow its systems integration capability in order to address C4ISR requirements in 'emerging' markets, according to company officials.
Speaking to Shephard at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX) in Singapore, ITT director for business development in Asia-Pacific, Paul Arndt described how the company was targeting not only his particular area of operations but also requirements in the Middle East and Europe.
The news means ITT is following in the footsteps of another niche communications company Harris RF Communications which is implementing a portfolio of pre-packaged mission modules, tailored for requirements emanating from emerging markets worldwide.
Coming on the back of a deal to supply Sweden with its SABER-2020 coastal surveillance system, announced on 17 May, ITT said it was in the process of identifying approximately five requirements in the Asia Pacific region alone.
Industry sources told Shephard that the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand all have requirements for such a system which integrates radar, sonar, ESM, communications, data link and C2 technology into a single solution for base and general coastline protection.
According to Arndt, the system is designed to detect, identify, prioritise and hand-off a multitude of threats including missiles, fast inshore attack craft and divers. 'This area is ripe for opportunities, especially where there is the issue of piracy,' he explained.
Looking ahead, Arndt explained how ITT could be called upon to integrate additional assets into the surveillance solution. These, he said, could include networking of Aerostat or P-3 airframes as well as ship-borne radars. The Swedish requirement, which ITT has integrated into a Saab C2 system, also has a capability to be upgraded with live video and IR imagery.
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