Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates / São José dos Campos, Brazil – 23 November, 2023: In a significant strategic move, SIATT, a Brazilian high-tech defense systems company with a 50% investment from EDGE Group, has secured a pivotal pilot project for the provision of advanced secure communication technologies. This project is critical for the surveillance and defense of Brazil’s extensive coastal infrastructure. Named ‘Sistema de Gerenciamento da Amazonia Azul’ (SisGAAz), this initiative is a cornerstone of Brazil’s ‘Blue Amazon’ maritime defense strategy, representing a key national security asset.
SisGAAz is set to be a core element of the ‘Blue Amazon Management System,’ designed for comprehensive monitoring and defense of Brazil’s maritime interests and inland waters. This includes the protection of marine resources, port facilities, vessels, and maritime infrastructures. The system is engineered to counter various threats, including environmental catastrophes, emergency scenarios, potential military confrontations, piracy, and illegal smuggling activities, thereby bolstering Brazil’s national security and developmental interests.
EDGE’s collaboration with SIATT in SisGAAz played a decisive role in surpassing global industry competitors for this project. The partnership will focus on co-development and knowledge exchange in cutting-edge fields like artificial intelligence, data fusion, coastal radar technologies, and autonomous systems across air, land, and maritime domains. Additionally, the collaboration will extend to constructing an integration lab, a communications training center, and a simulation center. The inaugural communications tower is slated for installation at Arraial do Cabo, east of Rio de Janeiro.
Rogerio Salvador, CEO and co-founder of SIATT, emphasized the significance of this development for SIATT, EDGE, and the Brazilian Navy, marking a recognition of their expertise in delivering advanced communication and radar systems to safeguard Brazil’s vast maritime territories and resources.
The Blue Amazon region encompasses Brazil’s entire 5.7 million square kilometer coastal zone, amounting to 67% of the nation’s total area. It includes territorial waters, Atlantic island territories, and the Exclusive Economic Zone, extending 200 nautical miles from the coast and potentially up to the Continental Shelf. This region is vital for global maritime traffic, with 10% of the world’s maritime transit, 95% of Brazil’s international trade, and the majority of its domestic oil production.
Since its inception in 2015 in São José dos Campos, SIATT has specialized in the integration of high-tech systems, addressing the needs of the defense and aerospace sectors. Their product range encompasses intelligent weaponry such as missiles and guided munitions, and their integration into aircraft, naval vessels, and land vehicles. SIATT also excels in the development of radars, sensors, and avionics systems technologies.”
Analysis of the Benefits of Multi-Domain Operations in an Island Chain Environment Based on the EDGE’s Programs:
- Enhanced Situational Awareness: Multi-domain operations, as exemplified by the SisGAAz project, provide comprehensive situational awareness. In an island chain environment, where geographical complexities and maritime challenges are prominent, such integrated systems allow for real-time monitoring and rapid response to various threats, from territorial incursions to environmental disasters.
- Interoperability and Flexibility: The collaboration between EDGE and SIATT, focusing on areas like AI, data fusion, and autonomous systems, ensures that the technologies developed are interoperable across different domains (air, land, sea). This flexibility is crucial in an island chain context, where operations may need to seamlessly transition between these domains.
- Strategic Deterrence: The development and deployment of advanced surveillance and communication systems act as a strategic deterrent. Potential adversaries are less likely to engage in aggressive actions when facing a well-monitored and protected environment, as would be established in Brazil’s Blue Amazon region.
- Resource Protection: In areas like the Blue Amazon, which are rich in natural resources and critical for economic activities (like oil production and international trade), multi-domain operations ensure the security and uninterrupted exploitation of these resources.
- Capability Development and Knowledge Transfer: The partnership for the construction of facilities like integration labs and simulation centers fosters capability development and knowledge transfer. This is vital for maintaining a technological edge in an ever-evolving strategic landscape.
- Rapid Response and Recovery: In the event of environmental disasters or other emergencies, an integrated multi-domain system allows for rapid assessment, response, and recovery efforts, minimizing damage and ensuring the swift restoration of normal activities.
In summary, multi-domain operations in an island chain environment, as per EDGE’s programs, offer a robust framework for national security, economic stability, and technological advancement, especially in strategically significant maritime zones.