Brunei sets up coastal surveillance system to thwart maritime security threats

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, May 29 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the National Coastal Surveillance System (NCSS) project in Kampong Kuala Tutong on Saturday evening (May 28).

The NCSS is a network-centric surveillance system, the first of its kind in the Sultanate, which will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

To help maintain and protect the country’s maritime domain, which is seven times larger than the country’s land area, the NCSS system will enable agencies to give their best and timely response to security threats in the waters. of Brunei by providing maritime domain awareness.

The establishment of the NCSS is the government’s aspiration to create a conducive maritime domain in support of the nation’s sovereignty, stability, and economic interests.

The NCSS system works by combining different sources of information from RADAR, EO/IR and communication systems located in all coastal areas of the country, including the Kuala Tutong site which will be equipped with a 100-meter surveillance tower. .

The system operations center will be under the command of the PMO’s National Maritime Coordination Center (NMCC), located at the Multinational Coordination Center in Muara to enable coordination between security and enforcement agencies through a pan-national approach .

The project also raises awareness of maritime security nationally.

Meanwhile, the NMCC will serve as the lead agency for security and enforcement initiatives in the Sultanate’s maritime domain, under the structure of the National Security Committee.

NMCC Director Commander Rasman Puteh said the NCSS system will utilize maritime information from local and international strategic partners, big data and opportunities to use augmented artificial intelligence to support sustainment efforts and protection of the country’s maritime domain.

The project, implemented by General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) Italy and Canada, has made significant progress to date and is expected to be operational in April 2023. – Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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