In a typical chain of events, a patrol ship receives night vision images from a long range EO/IR feed that first identifies a suspicious vessel. UAV or helicopter video feeds can then be redirected in real time to rigid-hulled inflatable boats that have been sent on an interception course. Access to these live video feeds is critical to the safety and efficiency of the mission, as it allows the boat's crew and boarding party to see what is happening on the deck of the targeted ship. The crew can then remotely access intelligence databases located on the mothership as more information becomes available on persons or cargo of interest. As the rigid-hulled inflatable boats close in on the suspicious vessel, they have a better view of the situation and send their own camera feeds back to the mothership, followed by high definition images and biometric information to support suspect identification.
Mothership to RHIB communications