Fishing for bad actors

Raytheon technology helps to protect the Philippines against coastal threats

Philippine National Coastal Watch Center

The Philippine National Coastal Watch Center helps coordinate the detection and interdiction of illegal activities along 36,000 kilometers of coastline. (Photo courtesy U.S. Navy)

Smugglers are a threat, potentially bringing in weapons, narcotics and black market goods.

The Philippine National Coastal Watch Center — which tracks threats to the nation’s maritime borders — is using Raytheon border security systems to control illegal activities off its coasts. Raytheon designed, implemented and tested the center for the Philippine National Coast Watch agencies under a contract with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, or DTRA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Raytheon technology is used by nations around the world to protect ports, fisheries and critical infrastructure.

“Understanding a nation’s true border security gaps and addressing them with effective and self-sustainable solutions is what contributes to safety and security,” said David Appel, senior director of Global Mission Operations for Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business.

A number of Philippine government agencies, including the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, collaborate at the center, known as the NCWC. It helps to coordinate detection and interdiction of illegal activities along the 36,000 kilometers of Philippines coastline.

The security of the maritime environment is a key concern for the Philippine agencies. Those who fish illegally can also transport illegal materials and bad actors that threaten regional and global security.

“Maritime domain awareness is crucial for the Philippines as it increases its abilities to thwart smuggling, illegal fishing, other criminal activities as well as improving defense capacity,” according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy.

Casting a Net on Illegal Activity

The Philippines project is part of U.S. DTRA efforts to build border security capabilities for partner nations. Raytheon has also supported projects in Ukraine, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Republic of Moldova.

For the Philippines project, Raytheon selected commercial, off-the-shelf equipment and custom-designed a surveillance system for the nation's maritime security environment and coastlines. The goal is to get the systems running as early as possible and transition sustainment to the Philippine agencies.

“The customer is not necessarily looking for a Raytheon product,” said Appel. “The customer is looking for the Raytheon mind – our knowledge and know-how, developing the right solution for the right environment.”

The NCWC member agencies include the Philippine Coast Guard, Navy, the Philippine National Police, Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Customs, National Prosecution Service of the Department of Justice and Bureau of Immigration.

The successful collaboration between agencies helps to build a border surveillance system that will improve the ability of the Philippines to deter, detect and interdict illegal activities along its coast.

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Published On: 05/19/2016
Last Updated: 12/15/2017