Blue WASP and ARMADA Aimed at Rapid Threat Detection
Northrop Grumman has presented two solutions for maritime security to the US Intelligence and National Security Alliance Innovator’s Showcase, an annual forum for independent R&D.
The Blue Wide Area Situational Processor (BLUE WASP) and the Automated Real-Time Maritime Detection and Analysis (ARMADA) tool are both tactical decision aids for maritime security applications. Classified demonstrations of these technologies to appropriate government scientists, technologists and engineers will now take place.
Both technologies are designed to improve how quickly maritime threats, such as suicide or swarming boat attacks, can be detected – critical challenges for modern navies. BLUE WASP specifically provides real-time threat warning against these asymmetric threats when underway and in port, using ship-based, land-based, or airborne radar. ARMADA extends the tactical decision aid’s functionality by providing the ability to automatically detect surface and semi-submerged objects using standard video sensors.
“Ensuring mission success is our focus so public-private dialogues like these are critical to helping us drive research and development investments for solutions that directly support warfighters in making the most informed, trusted decisions and quickly adapting to ever-changing threat landscapes,” Ginger Wierzbanowski, Vice President, Intelligence Solutions at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, commented.