Sparta IV, a Russian cargo ship automatically identified.

On the 22nd of May 2023 – Sparta IV the Russian cargo ship, suspected of arms shipments, was automatically detected, classified, and identified by SATIM Inc.‘s AI model on Sentinel-1 and Umbra SAR images in the Dardanelles Strait.

Today, the 23rd of May – Sparta IV was due to reach Novorossiysk, the destination port. However, on the 20th of May 2023, it lost power off Turkey on its way from the Port of Tartus (Syria).

Earlier this year, Naval News reported that in March, the Sparta IV had entered the Black Sea with a suspected load of war supplies for Russia to aid them in their invasion of Ukraine. It had been loaded in Syria and sailed under the escort of the Russian Navy.

(main image source: VesselFinder)
(Umbra SAR scene in video: SAR-data © 2023 Umbra Lab, Inc. (Licensed under CC BY 4.0)



As part of the agreement, SATIM has agreed to providing the SAR module libraries to DSPL. DSPL will integrate, Design, and develop SAR Environment Simulator (SARES) in India.

SATIM has detected unusual changes in the TU-95 and TU-160 bomber’s SAR signatures using Umbra SAR imagery obtained from the Engels-2 military base in Russia. The characteristics of the signal reflections captured do not match the known geometry and material composition of the aircraft. This may indicate a new camouflage method adopted to protect these valuable aircraft from drone attacks.

Satim has secured $2 Million in their latest investor round to advance its AI-based, cutting-edge software, renowned globally for its automatic object detection, identification and classification capabilities anytime, anywhere using satellite SAR (synthetic aperture radar) imagery.