The burst of migratory flows in the Aegean with boats crowded sailing off from the Turkish coast and landing on the Greek islands has led the government to take measures to better monitor maritime space in the Aegean in order to prevent the arrival of refugees and migrants.
The government’s plan to tackle migratory flows is to recruit dozens of Coast Guard and Navy vessels (61 in total, out of 40 now), which will be patrolling the Aegean continually, with in a second stage of the operation. state-of-the-art maritime border surveillance system will become operational.
Indicatively, five more coast guard vessels, 10 army boats and four open sea patrol vessels have been deployed in the Aegean since last week. An additional 125 coast guard officers and 30 special forces men are involved in the patrols.
The state-of-the-art radar that will scan the Aegean
The government is expected to supply a state-of-the-art marine surveillance system, which will be deployed at 35 Navy observation posts. These are equipped with cameras and special radars that will be installed mainly in the Eastern Aegean and Crete.
The equipment consists, inter alia, of special radars and cameras with thermal sensors capable of operating at night. It is reported that the system is capable of accurately detecting even small vessels up to two meters in length, at distances exceeding 50 nautical miles.