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BAE Participates In NATO Harbor Protection Trials

BAE Systems recently participated in the NATO biennial Harbour Protection Trials (HPT) 2006 held in La Spezia, Italy. The aim of the trials was to test and verify the capability of modern technology to counter the threat posed by terrorists in harbour waters.

BAE Systems’ Harbour Protection System (HPS), designed to fulfil the need for mobile and flexible surveillance, was the only system involved in the trials with an integrated above- and below-water surveillance capability.

At the core of HPS is Spider, a highly flexible command and control system, which allows for the interchange of sensors to match customers operational requirements. The configuration deployed at HPT 06 consisted of Spider integrated with QinetiQ’s Cerberus Swimmer Detection System, Selex’s SAS Mobile Surveillance Unit with integrated EO/IR cameras and Unattended Ground Sensors and the Plextek Blighter Radar.

Jon Wills, Market Development and Sales Director for BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies (Insyte) said: “In an acoustically challenging environment the Harbour Protection System performed well, detecting divers outside the designated exclusion zone. The additional sensors provided an above-water surveillance cordon around the jetty and surrounding area. The trials proved that this system would give the user a highly-effective surveillance capability, helping ensure the safety of all traffic in and out of the harbour. ”

NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) observers (including the Royal Navy) witnessed the trials throughout the week.


BAE Systems is the premier transatlantic defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With more than 100,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems’ sales exceeded GB £15.4 billion (US$28 billion) in 2005.

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BAE Systems Participates In Harbor Protection Trials