SIATT, a Brazilian technology company with a 50% stake held by EDGE Group, has been selected for a pilot project to provide secure communication technology for Brazil’s coastal surveillance and protection, the consortium announced on 23 November. The project, named Sistema de Gerenciamento da Amazonia Azul (SisGAAz), is part of Brazil’s maritime protection programme, Blue Amazon.

SisGAAz will form a key part of the Blue Amazon Management System tasked with monitoring Brazil’s maritime regions and inland waters. The system aims to protect marine resources, ports, ships and maritime infrastructure from various threats including environmental disasters, emergencies and illegal activities.

EDGE’s contribution was a significant factor in SIATT’s selection for SisGAAz, against global industry competitors. The collaboration will focus on advancements in artificial intelligence, data fusion, coastal radar technology, and autonomous systems across air, land and sea. The partnership also includes constructing an integration laboratory, a communication training centre and a simulation centre, with the first communications tower set to be located in Arraial do Cabo, east of Rio de Janeiro.

Rogerio Salvador, CEO of SIATT, expressed pride in the company’s selection, citing its expertise in advanced communications and radar systems.

Blue Amazon encompasses Brazil’s 5.7 million-square-kilometre coastal area, including territorial waters, Atlantic island territories and the Exclusive Economic Zone. This region accounts for 10% of global maritime traffic, and 95% of both Brazil’s international trade and its domestic oil production.

Established in 2015 in São José dos Campos, SIATT specialises in high-tech system integration for the defence and aerospace sectors. Its portfolio includes intelligent weapons such as missiles and guided munitions, and their integration into aircraft, naval vessels and land vehicles. The company also develops radar, sensor and avionics system technologies.

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During the deal signing in September 2023, where EDGE acquired a 50% stake in SIATT, Mansour AlMulla, managing director and CEO of EDGE Group, emphasised the consortium’s commitment to developing advanced defence capabilities and technologies through strategic partnerships in Brazil. He mentioned its focus on creating new-generation, cost-effective smart weapons and solutions, aiming to position EDGE and SIATT as key players in the high-tech defence systems market.