A year after first being used in trials, drones will be deployed to accompany the UK coast guard air and sea vessels during search and rescue missions. The first craft flown in will be a Schiebel S-100 uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV), stationed at a helicopter base in the northern Wales coastal town of Caernarfon.
Tech-toting drones to increase speed, effectiveness of UK coast guard search and rescue operations
During the initial phase of testing last year, drones were deployed in tandem with UK coast guard helicopters and surveillance aircraft used for search and rescue missions out of Caernarfon. Bristow Helicopters, which provides operating services for much of the base’s aerial fleet, took a total of two years to study, experiment, and prepare the integration of UAVs as accompanying support on emergency missions.
The Schiebel S-100 is a remotely flown safety overwatch and monitoring craft. It has been developed to help meet objectives of the UK’s…