Day 2 - 29 November 2017

Morning Registration

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Registration & Welcome Coffee


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Martin A. Sebastian

Centre Head / Senior Fellow Centre for Maritime Security and Diplomacy (CMSD)
Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA)

Morning Plenary Sessions - Enhancing Coastal Surveillance Through Aerial Surveillance

According to data put out by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), military spending by ASEAN countries reached US$34.9bn in 2013, jumping more than double since the US$15.7bn recorded in 2000. For the thirteen year period between 2000 and 2013, Indonesia military budget quadrupled, Malaysia’s defence spending doubled and Thailand’s military expenditures grew by 75%, all on the back of remarkable economic growth in these countries. This session examines the various modernization trends occurring in navies and air-forces in Southeast Asia, what is being spent on and the geo-political issues that drive procurement strategies in the region.

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Dr. Shang-Su Wu

Research Fellow, Coordinator for Military Transformations Programme
Institute of Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, RSIS

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Role of Multi-Mission Aircraft in Search & Rescue Operations

Vice-Admiral Patchara Pumpiched, Deputy Chief of Staff, Royal Thai Navy
In search and rescue missions, time is of the essence and using multi-mission aircrafts, with its long range capabilities and birds’ eye view of the terrain, to complement other maritime surveillance assets such littoral ships and OPVs can significantly improve the odds of mission success. This session will focus on the Royal Thai Navy’s air surveillance capabilities and how it integrates such aircrafts to form a coherent and effective search and rescue strategy.

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Vice-Admiral Patchara Pumpiched

Deputy Chief of Staff
Royal Thai Navy

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Morning Tea-Break

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Industry Presentation 5 – Digital Globe

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Addressing Maritime Patrol Aircraft Requirements of the Philippines Navy

The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has formally opened invitations to all qualified local or foreign suppliers to contest for a USD120m contract to supply two new maritime patrol aircraft under the Long Range Patrol Aircraft (LRPA) Acquisition Project. This session will look at the rationale behind the proposed acquisition, the sensors and mission support facilities that need to be included in the package and the logistics package that is required for any bids.


12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Role of Royal Malaysian Air Force in Complementing Maritime Surveillance and Operations Efforts in Malaysia’s EEZ

  • Overview of RMAF’s aerial surveillance capabilities
  • Taking stock of the RMAF’s aerial surveillance efforts across Malaysia’s EEZ
  • Role the RMAF plays in search and rescue operations and the assets needed to effectively conduct these missions
  • Highlighting upcoming acquisition plans to enhance the RMAF’s surveillance and SAR operations: Long-range, MPA, helicopters, transport planes and fighter requirements

Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch

Roundtable Discussion on Future Technology in Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance - 6 Topics @ 30-Mins Each – 3 Rotations

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Topic 1: Versatile and Multi-Purpose Naval and Surveillance Requirements in a Changing Maritime Security Environment: How Are Governments Adapting Their Strategy?

  • Understanding the current maritime security environment: What has changed over the past five years?
  • Identifying capabilities gaps in existing surveillance systems and what has been done to address these issues
  • Examining the technical requirements and costs of implementing new multi-purpose naval and surveillance systems

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Topic 4: Implementing a cost-effective Unified Multi-Platform Communication System Across Asia: Is this Possible?

  • Determining if a unified multi-platform communication system is necessary for coastal surveillance
  • Examining the potential benefits of installing such systems across various maritime agencies in the region
  • Analysing the various stumbling block to install such a system – cost, language, national security, etc.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Topic 2: Developing the Next-Gen Coastal Surveillance Radar Capabilities– What Factors need to be Considered?

  • Examining the limitations of the existing radar surveillance systems and identifying crucial gaps in operational capabilities
  • Identifying problem areas that need significant upgrades in surveillance capabilities
  • Understanding the type of power supply and infrastructure needed to support a comprehensive radar

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Topic 5: Cost-Effective Solutions to Overcome Growing Security Threats- How Can Governments and Services Do More with Less?

  • Identifying some of the growing maritime security threats that the region is facing
  • Examining ways to implement cost-effective solutions, including leveraging on technology, process automation and unmanned vessels.
  • Discuss ways to capitalise and leverage the various agencies existing operational capabilities in order to reduce wastage and cost

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Topic 3: Developing Effective Autonomous Surveillance Capabilities - Unmanned Underwater, Surface and Air Vehicles

  • Examining the operating, manpower and maintenance cost of using unmanned vehicles for coastal surveillance missions
  • Determining the best strategy to integrate unmanned vehicles into existing coastal surveillance activities
  • Identifying the most effective use of UAVs, USVs and UUVs

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Topic 6: Developing Satellite Imaging & Geospatial Technology To Monitor Areas With Limited Aero-Maritime Resources

  • Understanding the challenges involved in producing accurate data for mariners in Asia
  • Examining how geospatial technology to create accurate hydrographic and oceanographic maps to enhance maritime safety
  • Highlighting the importance of geospatial intelligence in assisting humanitarian and SAR missions

Afternoon Plenary Sessions - Maritime Defence and Surveillance Capabilities and Asset Modernisation

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Incorporating Cyber Warfare and Defence Technologies into Maritime Security Agencies

Lt Col (R) Sazali Sukardi, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Research, CyberSecurity Malaysia
The maritime industry is not immune to cyber attacks, which have cost companies around USD400bn every year. Cyber security in the maritime industry is a major concern as current maritime regulations and policies mainly focus only on physical aspects of security and safety. With the increasing use of new, sophisticated communications technologies and advancement in broadband technologies towards ‘Big Data’ and 'Ship Intelligence', the maritime industry is vulnerable to cyber-crime unless it develops a better awareness of ICT (information, communication technology) security and adopts security best practice.

This session will focus on:

  • Understanding new and emerging maritime cyber security risks and regulation
  • Analysing the various of cyber attacks could happen in the maritime industry and how to prevent them from happening
  • Examining the consequences of a maritime cyber attack


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Lt Col (R) Sazali Sukardi

Senior Vice-President, Strategic Research
CyberSecurity Malaysia

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Afternoon coffee break

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Overcoming Challenges in Modernizing and Retrofitting Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN) Ageing Armada

Captain Baharudin Wan Md Nor, Director of Strategic Management, Royal Malaysian Navy
Much has been said about the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN) “15 to 5” transformation plan and its impact on the future procurement strategy of the RMN in the next few years. However, challenges remain aplenty, especially those that are fiscal and tactical in nature. This session looks at what the RMN is prioritizing in its procurement, how RMN is diversifying its supplier base and the challenges faced in retrofitting existing platforms to meet operational requirements.
  • Examining RMN’s landmark procurement deal of four Chinese-made littoral mission ships (LMS) and what it means for the navy’s future procurement plans and local defence industry
  • Analysing the role of the local shipyards and defence manufacturers in the “15-to-5” transformation plan


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Captain Baharudin Wan Md Nor

Director of Strategic Management
Royal Malaysian Navy

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Enhancing Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Capabilities – Perspectives from the Royal Thai Navy

Vice-Admiral Patchara Pumpiched, Deputy Chief of Staff, Royal Thai Navy
The Royal Thai Navy is increasingly strengthening its anti-submarine warfare capabilities, procedures and proficiency through symposia, planning discussions, personnel exchanges, and at-sea events through the various bilateral exercises such as Guardian Sea. These drills are being conducted against the backdrop of submarine proliferation in the Southeast Asia. This session will examine the Royal Thai Navy’s current ASW capabilities and its future doctrine and procurement needs and how developments in the region are shaping the Navy’s modernization strategy.

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Vice-Admiral Patchara Pumpiched

Deputy Chief of Staff
Royal Thai Navy

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Operating Effectively in Littoral Waters across Indonesia’s vast archipelago

  • Tackling the operational and tactical challenges faced by the Indonesian Navy when operating in extreme littoral waters across Indonesia’s EEZ
  • Examining the various naval assets available for deployment on short notice to counter any maritime threats
  • Indonesia Navy’s procurement plans for 2018 and beyond to support Indonesia’s maritime fulcrum strategy – Littoral combat boats, patrol boats, littoral mission boats, multi-support boats and submarines

Closing Remarks


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Martin A. Sebastian

Centre Head / Senior Fellow Centre for Maritime Security and Diplomacy (CMSD)
Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA)