Athena Multi-Domain Maritime Security System (Athena)

Countries, Agencies, and Organizations such as the Navy, Coast Guard, Port Authority, Fisheries, Riverine Police, Weather Authority and others continue to face an escalating risk and pressure to protect the sovereignty of maritime borders. They require the implementation of surveillance and response systems for the protection of life and commerce and to allow unfettered legitimate commerce while mitigating threats.

Raytheon Solipsys brings decades of experience in developing Command, Control, Communications and Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, along with specific experience in performing threat evaluation and performance analysis for maritime security through Athena. Athena includes integration with a wide variety of sensors and provides continuous coastal surveillance, situation awareness, and decision support that is second to none.

The system is modular and scalable, built from a wide range of functional capabilities incorporating the core capabilities available in our Maritime Information Management System (MIMS) product, Athena is expanded to include military planning tools such as ship readiness status, mission execution support including tablet applications to provide situational awareness for shipboard applications, secure communications including fully certified Link-16 and OTH-G, additional communications using commercial links for communicating with non-military partners, and a database for forensic analysis and after action reporting

Key capabilities:

  • Integration and correlation/combination of data from a wide variety of sensors over very large areas (air, ground and maritime radars, Automatic Identification System (AIS) receivers, Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B), video and image capture devices, radio direction finders, perimeter detection sensors and deterrents, underwater acoustic sensors and deterrents, etc.)
  • The ability to integrate sensor data into a single picture that can be selectively shared with multiple operation centers and other government agencies, ships, and aircraft
  • The integration of sensor data and correlation with other data sources (i.e. ship information databases, web data, etc.) to enhance situation awareness and support for decision makers
  • Strategic and tactical planning, decision support tools, coordination among agencies, assignment of operations to units, and plan execution monitoring and re-tasking
  • Alerts, warnings, and user cues based on a set of rules that support both national and location-specific Concept of Operations (CONOPS). These rules are easily modifiable by operators to address threat changes and operational tempo

Key mission areas:

  • Support for Joint Operations - Support for joint operations and international data sharing are fundamental capabilities within Athena. Athena is responsible for track management, filtering of data to various user communities, identification of Tracks of Interest (ToI), historical data storage, and automated threat recognition.
  • Naval Operations - In addition to join operations, airspace and subsurface pictures can be correlated with the surface maritime picture onto a single operator display. A 3-D display is available for tracks, shapes, points, lines, sensor coverages and terrain to assist in terrain and depth analysis for mission planners. Available tasking and tasking information tools include Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA), Closest Point of Approach (CPA), range/bearing, engagement lines, and others.
  • Counter Smuggling/Counter Human Smuggling - smuggling activities are identified through analysis of historical data to identify trends and repeat behaviors
  • Counter Piracy - ability to update rule sets to respond to the evolving threat, particular to a region, based on ship type, ownership, cargo, expected approach tactics and other factors
  • Counterterrorism - system automatically alerts when threat behaviors are recognized. Ability to identify vessels following particular paths to disguise their intent and offshore rendezvous of vessels with others, including military vessels from other nations
  • Pollution and Safeguarding the Environment - allows for integration of nuclear/chemical detectors at a sensitive port. The information is displayed within Athena, which generates automated alarms, email notifications, and other actions to respond to any threat identified
  • Protection against Illegal Fishing - using the automated alerting capabilities, rule sets, and historical data analysis, operators are able to identify ingress to, egress from, and fishing operations within their regulated fishing areas.
  • Crisis Management/Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) - Athena leverages the ability to map in near real time the locations of friendly forces, and the visualization capabilities allow for the rapid generation of search grids. Data for search aircraft and ships is mapped to the grid to determine percent coverage. Ability to integrated drift and plume (air and water) modeling tools to support both SAR and pollution spread identification. Also, ability to de-conflict asset allocation for SAR and other applications, decreasing overall response time and increasing the safety of the assets