Tekever’s AR5 system, a twin-engine fixed wing UAV designed for maritime surveillance missions, is being used to survey the British Channel, the company said at DSEI 2021.
According to the company, the UK Home Office uses its UAS-as-a-Service program as a key asset to help prevent illegal migration and illegal fishing activities.
“Every day, dozens of asylum seekers and refugees set off on the dangerous journey across the English Channel to reach British soil, but small boats and treacherous conditions mean many lives are in danger along the way,” said said Paul Weeb, Tekever UK Managing director. “We are proud to be a partner of UK authorities in fighting this kind of illegal human traffic. Drones can identify humans in distress in a much faster way and help rescue teams“,
The AR5 can fly for more than 12 hours and carry multiple payloads, including maritime radars, synthetic aperture radars, day and night cameras and AIS and EPIRB receivers. The specific payload package used to survey the Channel allows it to cover vast areas, detecting and recognizing potentially illegal vessels, and then tracking and identifying them.
Tekever AR3 provides flexible payload options and 16 hour endurance with a very reduced logistics footprint, making it ideal for demanding tactical scenarios. Launched with a highly mobile catapult system and with parachute or net recovery, AR3 is the ideal to create a complementary response to AR5 missions.
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