Captain John B. Dalby has been watching the sadly lacking and uninformed media coverage featuring the sad tragedies that seem to be occurring on a daily basis in the Med. This is what we has sent us:
What astounds me is that the EU is approaching this in completely the wrong way – relying on ineffective (and VERY short range) seaborne resources to find, identify and assist the immigrants – usually too late to be of real use.
So what’s missing from the so-called SAR mix currently employed:
- Detect and deter migrants BEFORE embarkation in Libya
- Identify and track any passages
- Predict course and destination
- All this with one hour’s notice
Her are some facts and figures about Globalert’s capabilities:
From departure Catania to arrival Tunisia/Libya border – 1 hour
Patrol (loiter) Libyan coastlineat 10, 000 feet (outside weapons range) down to 1, 000 feet between Tunisian/Libya border to Libya/Egypt border
Each 360 mile patrol takes 2 hours at loiter speed
Endurance on patrol – 6 hours +
Area covered on continuous sensor sweeps – 125, 000 square miles
Detection range – soft drinks can – 10 miles
RIB – 20 miles
Medium sized vessel – 100 miles
Coastguard vessel detection ranges less than 40 miles and area of <1, 500 miles.
With military grade sensors, this represents the ideal solution and is both effective and cost-effective.
He has sent and we attach MRM’s generic Quad Chart and White Paper. As you’ll see, their business model obviates the need for any government to indulge in heavy capital expenditure – essential in these days of austerity and defence cuts.