On October 19, 2022, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) commenced flight operations utilizing an MQ-9B SeaGuardian® Remotely Piloted Plane (RPA) from Common Atomics Aeronautical Methods, Inc. (GA-ASI). JCG is working the SeaGuardian from the Japan Maritime Self Protection Drive (JMSDF) Air Station Hachinohe. The RPA will primarily carry out Maritime Huge Space Search (MWAS) over the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. Different missions will embrace search and rescue, catastrophe response, and maritime legislation enforcement. SeaGuardian includes a multi-mode maritime surface-search radar with an Inverse Artificial Aperture Radar (ISAR) imaging mode, an Automated Identification System (AIS) receiver, and Excessive-Definition – Full-Movement Video sensor outfitted with optical and infrared cameras.

“SeaGuardian is the world’s premier asset for performing MWAS,” stated Robert Schoeffling, vice chairman of Worldwide Strategic Growth at GA-ASI. “We’re proud to help the Authorities of Japan’s coverage to strengthen its maritime safety.”


This sensor suite allows real-time detection and identification of floor vessels over hundreds of sq. nautical miles and supplies automated monitoring of maritime targets and correlation of AIS transmitters with radar tracks. GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian® and SeaGuardian are revolutionizing the long-endurance RPAS market by offering all-weather functionality and full compliance with STANAG-4671 (NATO UAS airworthiness normal). This function, together with our operationally confirmed, collision-avoidance radar, allows versatile operations in civil airspace. SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian have garnered important curiosity from clients all through the world. The UK Ministry of Defence chosen MQ-9B SkyGuardian for its Protector program, and the Belgian Ministry of Protection signed a contract for SkyGuardian.

Common Atomics-Aeronautical Methods, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of Common Atomics, is a number one designer and producer of confirmed, dependable remotely piloted plane (RPA) programs, radars, and electro-optic and associated mission programs, together with the Predator® RPA collection and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With greater than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI supplies long-endurance, mission-capable plane with built-in sensor and knowledge hyperlink programs required to ship persistent flight that permits situational consciousness and fast strike. The corporate additionally produces quite a lot of floor management stations and sensor management/picture evaluation software program, gives pilot coaching and help providers, and develops meta-material antennas. Avenger, Lynx, Predator, SeaGuardian and SkyGuardian are registered logos of Common Atomics Aeronautical Methods, Inc.