DSEI, September 2021– TEKEVER (www.tekever.com) has added a new life-saving capability to the maritime patrol version of its TEKEVER AR5 UAS, with eight-person life rafts that can be precision-dropped to aid people in distress.
This new capability has been fully proven and demonstrated during multiple search and rescue exercises over the Atlantic Ocean and will already be delivered under upcoming contracts in Europe and Africa.
With fully automatic operation, the TEKEVER AR5 Lifesaver onboard system can detect, identify and locate people on the water, and then precisely calculate the optimal drop-point and re-route the aircraft for without human intervention, enabling the life-raft to be deployed at a close enough, but safe, distance. The system automatically considers weather conditions and flight plan restrictions, allowing the Lifesaver to be easily used in a wide range of situations.
“We’ve consistently and successfully tested the AR5’s new Lifesaver capability, by deploying liferafts with very high precision in a fully automated process. This new capability, that will already be available in upcoming contracts, allows us to provide a first response in emergency situations. For the first time, and beyond detecting people in distress, we can now immediately do something to help them. This directly supports our mission of making the sea safer. ”, said Ricardo Mendes, TEKEVER CEO.
TEKEVER provides UAS technology and services to of some of most prestigious and demanding institutions in the world, including the United Kingdom’s Home Office, and the European Space and Maritime Safety Agencies.
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