Artificial intelligence monitors maritime security in Southeast Asia

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Singapore may be one of the world’s first countries to introduce a complete defense solution with artificial intelligence. The software was developed in Singapore and is currently integrated on unmanned marine vessels.

Artificial intelligence monitors maritime security in Southeast Asia
Photo credit: Singapore’s Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defense of the Asian country announced that it would soon adopt these USVs. They will ensure the security of the island nation’s maritime borders. Carrying out round-the-clock patrols and perseverance are part of the functions entrusted to boats with artificial intelligence.

Singapore’s Ministry of Defense has provided more details on artificial intelligence software. It will detect and avoid collisions through integrated sensitive sensors. The system will make its own decisions and comply with the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. Artificial intelligence always corresponds to marine and GPS navigation.

The ministry added that the ships would carry out round-the-clock patrols, ensuring consistency at sea. All this means that larger naval vessels can be released and deployed more strategically for other missions. The island nation claims that the software was developed after long tests and is in line with the Gulf of Singapore maritime models.

The defense ministry says the boats will also be involved in Singapore’s naval reconnaissance and special military missions.

The origin of the platform is unknown

There is no official information about the name and who built Singapore’s artificial intelligence boats. The special military edition Janes claims that Taiwan is the most probable source of this ship’s project.

The Singapore USV is 16.9 meters long, displaces 30 tons, and moves at a maximum speed of 25 knots. It can stay in the water for up to 36 hours. It arms with a 50 caliber machine gun, a laser dazzle, an acoustic device, and a searchlight. In addition to artificial intelligence, GPS and other marine navigation systems are additionally implemented.

How busy is the Singapore Strait?

We can imagine how challenging the role of the new artificial intelligence unmanned aerial vehicles of the Singapore Navy will be if we know exactly what is happening in the Singapore Strait.

According to preliminary data, 80% of oil destined for Northeast Asia, and the region passes through there. Hundreds of sea-going cargo ships pass through these waters every day. The port of Singapore and the refineries around it are the engines of the local economy.

The US Navy uses Singapore as its central hub in its operations. The connection between the western Pacific and the Arabian Sea is central to US military strike groups such as aircraft carriers.

Automation and robotics are ‘yesterday’s news’ in Singapore.

The Asian state is fully aware of the advantages of autonomous and robotic systems related to the country’s defense and security, especially in part related to the sea borders’ guarantee.

Artificial intelligence monitors maritime security in Southeast Asia
Photo credit: ECA Froup

Singapore is already using a robotic K-STER that neutralizes sea mines. This device is known as a means of conducting underwater mining warfare but from a distance. K-STER locates the underwater mine with sensors, approaches it, and detonates it with a small explosive charge.

The K-STER can be delivered using a variety of marine vehicles. However, Singapore prefers to use a sea drone again for this purpose. This boat is Venus 16. Venus 16 is a nautical robotic autonomous ship developed by a Taiwanese shipyard and featuring system integration.


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