Across the Asia Pacific region, nations are continuing their investments in the economic development of the maritime environment. The sea is a vital highway for trade, for the delivery of humanitarian aid, and as a source of natural resources. To protect these investments nations are accelerating the development of their maritime security and defence capabilities. A key pillar of these developments is the advances being made in maritime domain situational awareness across the region, and the ability to deliver security through the creation of maritime patrol capabilities.
The 2018 Singapore Air Show demonstrated that airborne maritime surveillance in particular looks set to grow with greater proliferation of both affordable and full-spectrum technology capabilities. Busy commercial waterways and a concentration of island states also necessitate strong and adaptive maritime defence, both above and below the sea, through a comprehensive mix of capabilities.
Maritime Patrol Asia 2019 provides a vital forum for maritime operational and technical experts to see and hear the latest developments in the delivery of littoral maritime security.