EMSA tests RPAS capability to provide maritime surveillance in Mediterranean Sea

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is testing the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to enhance the maritime awareness picture in the French Mediterranean Sea in response to a request from the French Maritime agency (Secrétariat Général de la Mer) to set-up a multi-purpose  maritime surveillance operation. The exercise is led by the Marine Nationale (Navy) and Douanes (customs) as the strategic and tactical leaders of the operation.

Operational missions started on 23 September for an initial period of three months.

The RPAS service consists of general maritime surveillance over waters under French sovereignty and jurisdiction in the Mediterranean Sea, more specifically, encompassing: