Heliguy has provided Gatwick Airport with a sophisticated drone defence system, which now forms part of the airport’s overall counter UAV capability to protect itself from rogue attacks.
The UK’s second busiest airport has been prompted to take action following the so called reported drone sightings in December.
The North East-based firm has recently installed the counter-drone technology, as part of a broader, comprehensive solution which protects the airport from a wide range of unmanned aircraft.
For drone detection and defence Heliguy tworks with a breadth of technology partners to offer a layered solution. This includes Altitude Angel and Operational Solutions Limited, a systems integrator and developer of the FACE software.
Initially, Heliguy stepped into the breach in December following an appeal from Gatwick for an expert supplier to provide a temporary DJI AeroScope detection unit, amid the pre-Christmas disruption.
The Heliguy team duly responded and, working in conjunction with DJI, made a special trip down from North Shields, on Christmas Eve, to fit the system.
Since then, Heliguy has been working with the airport to build the right drone defence package – managing infrastructure, supplying the equipment and offering consultancy and out-of-hours advice along the way.
And after an initial trial period, Heliguy was delighted to be confirmed as one of Gatwick’s chosen partners, which culminated in the permanent installation of Heliguy’s counter-drone solution.
Commenting on the installation, Michael Smith, Heliguy’s drone defence specialist, said: “We are proud to be one of Gatwick’s chosen drone defence partners and it has been a pleasure to work with them.
“As the UK’s leading drone supplier, we know how many advantages drones bring to both hobbyist flyers and those in the working world – helping to save time, reduce risk and increase efficiency. However, as a responsible drone provider, we understand that, from time to time, drones can fall into the wrong hands, so it is important that those at risk of an attack are protected from rogue and irresponsible operators.”
He added: “Heliguy’s drone defence team offers a comprehensive service of consultancy, installation and maintenance, which is key for successful operation. Our drone defence system has a track record of detecting illegal UAS flights and providing early intervention.
“Over the last year, we have been at the forefront of crucial talks about protecting UK airspace and we have demonstrated what can be achieved when the best products in the industry are amalgamated into one integration tool.
Concluding: “We believe that our solution will help Gatwick Airport to robustly defend itself from irresponsible drone flights and stop a repeat of last year’s pre-Christmas disruption.”