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Thales Canada completes trials for Canadian Maritime Situational Awareness Project

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Thales Canada has announced that it has completed the Harbour Acceptance Trials and Sea Acceptance Trials for Phase One of the Interdepartmental Maritime Integrated Command, Control and Communications (IMIC3) project.

This system will integrate Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) assets to deliver a shared, fully integrated National Maritime Picture (NMP) for Canada using Thales Canada’s COMMANDER C3 solution. The NMP goes beyond just sharing data, to providing an awareness of the volume, location and nature of shipping activity and provides a background for deeper analysis of trends and vulnerabilities. This enhanced capability will improve the maritime security of Canada.

The Phase One trials focused on the integration of shore-based IMIC3 systems with portable systems and systems aboard CCG vessels using the IRIDIUM satellite communications network. Phase Two trials are scheduled for later this month and will focus on integration of the RCN’s KINGSTON Class vessels with the IMIC3 system over the INMARSAT satellite communications network. Acceptance of the system is scheduled before the end of the year, with the full system to be deployed on 44 CCG and 12 RCN vessels thereafter.

“This is an excellent example of Thales Canada’s capabilities as a lead system integrator to bring new technology into play for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard, providing an interdepartmental unprecedented integrated C3 capability for both fleets,” says Mark Halinaty, President and CEO, Thales Canada Inc.

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