AeRial System &
Anti piRacy System


AeRial System &
Anti piRacy System
(acronym ARSx2)

Our company, with the collaboration of the University of the Aegean, develops a maritime surveillance system, consisting of two Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), for the prevention of piracy on merchant ships, as well as the monitoring of a pirate incident in progress.


ARSx2’s first UAV, called “Phorcys”, is a hexacopter on a Y6 configuration. Equipped with a powerful hybrid EO/IR stabilized camera with object tracking capabilities, humans and items such as guns, canisters, etc. can be identified from a safe distance.


The second small, flexible, and easy to use by non-specialists (ship’s crew) UAV, called “Ceto”, will be used in emergency cases as a “rescue beacon”. It is deployed when a vessel is already or will be occupied by pirates, while real-time position, images or video are transmitted to the patrolling authorities and rescue organizations. In case of hostages, it can be ordered to follow the pirates’ boat.


The project is co-financed by Greece and the European Union (project code Τ1ΕΔΚ-04993) through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation, under the call “RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE”.

It has been selected as one of 20 good practices cases, out of 900 projects in total, by the Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DGDEFIS) of the European Commission, under the call “Study on the contribution of the defence sector to Regional Development through the European Structural and Investment Funds”, via Ecorys a research consultancy company.

A.S. Prote Maritime Ltd has successfully participated at Posidonia 2022