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BAE SYSTEMS Launches New Coastal Mobile Surveillance Unit (CMSU)

12 Sep 2003

BAE Systems Avionics Group has launched a new Coastal Mobile Surveillance Unit (CMSU) to extend their Mobile Surveillance Unit range. The new vehicle, the CMSU, has an added benefit of a high performance radar which gives the user extended identification capability at long range over coastal regions. This is the first integration of a radar into the equipment giving much extended operational capabilities.

The CMSU will give users such as the police, paramilitary, border and coast guard forces the edge in monitoring, detection, identification and interception of illegal activities affecting border and homeland security.

In addition, the technology on the Land Mobile Surveillance Unit, the CMSU uses high performance radar and military thermal and visual band sensors to provide evidential quality positive identification of suspects at long range. The sensors used include:

* A high performance radar capable of detecting targets at extended ranges out to sea
* BAE Systems Sigma imager fitted with a 50mm x 250mm switched FOV lens
* Military standard Electro Optics Director
* Optional eyesafe laser range finder, colour TV day camera, low light TV and low light level TV (L3TV) sensors.


Gavin Williamson, Executive Vice President Land, Sea and Missile Systems with BAE Systems Avionics Group, said: This is a very exciting addition to our Surveillance Unit range it will offer unparalleled capability in securing borders and homeland security.

The CMSU is designed for positive identification of human illegal activity over large areas of sea at an affordable price. It can be supplied as either a containerised surveillance system, which can be fitted into any suitable vehicle, or as an integrated van solution, ready fitted to an inconspicuous vehicle for immediate use.

Inside the CMSU is the operations area designed for use by two operators; one to control the sensor suite and one to control the VCR, data transmission, communications and optional digital map. Three high-resolution flat panel monitors are mounted in the operators console and display the radar, infra red, TV camera scenes, and digital map information. Touch sensitive control panels and a joystick control the functions of the sensor suites. An additional data / video link capability can also be provided to enable transmission from the CMSU to other networked vehicles or to a static command centre.

About CMSU

BAE Systems is the leading supplier of Land MSUs in the European Union, with more than 150 units currently in the field for border patrol and to combat illegal immigration and drug smuggling. The CMSU is built upon this success and has been developed to specifically address the demanding requirements for a Coastal surveillance role. The high performance multi-spectral system that can be used 24 hours a day in all weathers to detect and identify targets out to sea as well as on land.


BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea and in space. The company designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years. It is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems.

BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company has more than 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 12 billion through its wholly-owned and joint venture operations.

BAE Systems, innovating for a safer world.

About Avionics Group:

BAE Systems Avionics is the leading avionics company in Europe, and the UKs foremost supplier of electronic systems for civil and military platforms in the air, at sea and on land. With its head office at Basildon in the UK, the Avionics organisation operates across 30 sites in four continents, with concentrations in Scotland, southern England and Australia. The Group employs 6,000 people around the world with 4,900 of these employed in the UK.

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