Special Program Efforts
TSC’s Special Programs Business Unit received a total of $17.85M for multiple projects to support on-going overseas operations as well as the development and flight testing of new C3ISR capabilities. TSC’s total Special Programs funding to date for the fiscal year exceeds $30M with more than $23M in sales.
In support of one of these projects, TSC recently purchased a Cessna 337 aircraft which is being used for demonstration of the Sea Dragon airborne maritime domain awareness system developed under $3.7M in SBIR funding. Based on re-purposed surveillance equipment used in Afghanistan, Sea Dragon provides an affordable and much needed capability for non-combatant, wide-area surveillance to counter illegal fishing and trafficking in the Western Pacific Ocean. In May, during testing off the North Carolina coast, the system successfully demonstrated the capability for detecting small boats, correlating these detections with maritime domain awareness data, and visually identifying suspicious vessels. Under US Pacific Command funding, Sea Dragon is deployed to the Republic of Palau to perform a joint US-Palau operational evaluation in July during the Pacific Islands Forum Leadership Summit and will be demonstrated to several heads of state. The system directly supports President Obama’s proposed expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the Central Pacific, as well as much recognized counter-illegal fishing needs in the Western Pacific.
”Crucial decisions for Pacific Islands Forum”