MARSS installs NiDAR technology on Malaysian Navy's offshore patrol vessel


Monaco-based MARSS has completed the installation of its NiDAR perimeter security system on the first of six offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Malaysian Navy.

The installation is part of a contract awarded by Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS), which will see the company carry out the design, integration, delivery, installation and commissioning of its NiDAR 360° air, surface and underwater anti-intruder security system on-board the navy vessels.

MARSS Group senior vice-president Rob Balloch said: “MARSS established a strong working partnership with the Royal Malaysian Navy and Boustead Naval Shipyard to design and deliver a comprehensive world-class vessel security system.

“Our NiDAR system redefines what can be achieved for maritime domain awareness leveraging commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment.”

MARSS’ NiDAR is a modern long-range surveillance system that can protect naval vessels and land-based defence installations from air, surface and underwater approaches.

It provides improved situational awareness capabilities by integrating multiple sensor and data feeds to produce a 360° perimeter security shield around a ship or land-based facility.

"MARSS established a strong working partnership with the Royal Malaysian Navy and Boustead Naval Shipyard to design and deliver a comprehensive world-class vessel security system."

The security system integrates near and long range surveillance with deterrents into one intelligent domain awareness picture.

This enables it to automatically detect and warn operators of the presence of divers, underwater vehicles and small fast-moving surface intruders.

In addition, the technology integrates diver detection sonars, thermal imaging cameras and sensor feeds from the vessels' onboard radar, and is also equipped with non-lethal deterrents.

The company is expected to operate the NiDAR system via its intuitive command and control (C2) interface from multiple fixed and mobile command stations.


Image: MARSS’ NiDAR perimeter security system. Photo: courtesy of MARSS S.A.M.