Agenda Day 2

Coastal Protection & Aerial Maritime Patrol Platforms
Keynote: Acquisition and operation of an advanced patrol and surveillance surface fleet for full maritime situational awareness and response capability

The presentation will cover the following areas: - Australian national shipbuilding plan and the associated challenges and impacts of designing, building and managing the acquisition process - Development and integration of new technology - Operations in the region - a complex, congested and contested environment. - Regional interaction and cooperation supporting security and prosperity.

Morning break and networking
What’s the Buzz? Unmanned Airborne Maritime Patrol Capabilities in the Asia Pacific

As maritime security becomes an increasingly vital interest for states in the Asia-Pacific, there is a greater emphasis on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at sea. The traditional manned maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) would be the platform of choice for this role. However, not all regional militaries own such assets, which can be relatively expensive (in terms of both acquisition and operating costs) or have enough of them to meet operational needs. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can provide a cost-effective yet credible solution in this regard. They have a number of distinct advantages over their manned counterparts, such as better endurance that is crucial for tasks like persistent exclusive economic zone surveillance. To be sure, the naval drone is incomparable to the MPA in terms of many performance attributes, and the two platforms arguably cannot be used interchangeably. The utility of the naval drone lies in the fact that it can complement the MPA by taking over some of the latter’s routine, less demanding duties. Witness, for instance, Australia’s pairing up of the P-8 MPA with the MQ-4 drone. This would then free up the MPA to concentrate on higher-end tasks like anti-submarine warfare.

Q&A with speakers
Lunch and networking