There are no cell phone towers at sea. Pirates use a variety of means to communicate; radio and Sat Phones.
One of their key requirements is to find out “what is in the target vessel; how valuable is it?” The only way they can do that quickly is to call their contacts in Europe. Radios can’t be used for this. So, before every attack, there is always a Sat Phone call to Europe to get information on the vessel’s cargo before they decide to attack. FlyingFish™ was the key tool used to stop pirates off the coast of East Africa by locating these calls in the middle of the ocean.
A NATO Commander made the comment, “before we had FlyingFish™, the pirates would pick up our radars hundreds of miles away and know we were looking for them; they would appear as innocent fishermen. Now, we never turn the radar on anymore. We just look for Sat Phone signals without AIS, and they go up and use the EO/IR sensor.”
Small, lightweight, and proven airborne SIGINT system to replace FlyingFish™
Fully DO-160 airborne qualified
Monitors Thuraya, ISAT Pro and Iridium networks
Includes software to seamless integration with tactical mission systems
Airborne SIGINT solutions
Horizon Technologies Aerospace solutions geolocate and monitor satellite phone networks for ISR missions.
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