Role of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Maritime Security

  • Mustafa Dikmen Turkish Military Academy , Defense Sciences Institute, PhD Student, Kızılay, Ankara and, Turkey
  • Mustafa Atalay Sakarya University PhD Student, Etimesgut, Ankara and, Turkey
  • Bilal Gümüş Sakarya University PhD Student, Etimesgut, Ankara and, Turkey
Keywords: Maritime Security, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Maritime Situational Awareness.


Maritime Security is one of the key international issues. Nowadays, the threats such as illegal immigrations, terrorist activities, piracy make maritime environment less secure. Thus, States which have maritime boundaries face an increasing challenge of constituting the maritime domain awareness effectively. At this juncture, the importance of maritime patrolling and aerial maritime surveillance come on the scene. On the other hand, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), with their many key advantages, increasingly fill in very important gap in military operations requirements. Therefore, this paper argues that the UAS could be one of the most important instruments for maintaining effective maritime surveillance.


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