Ireland’s military steps up ‘eye-in-the-sky’ support

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Drones have been recruited to provide eye-in-the-sky support for military forces in Ireland.

Defence Forces Ireland has invested in its drone fleet with the purchase of four specialist UAVs capable of carrying both thermal and visual cameras simultaneously.

Coptrz has been announced as the exclusive supplier of UAV solutions to the military body and were chosen to supply the units as part of a competitive tender process.

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The new drones will be operated by the Corps of Engineers and will aid in peacekeeping operations, search and rescue, disaster relief and general monitoring from the air.

The contract with Coptrz also includes the requirement for payload and UAV training. The training was carried out in the recent snow storm to show how the drones can remain operational in adverse conditions.

The recent tender win further strengthens Coptrz position as a UAV provider to law enforcement teams, following its collaboration with Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police late last year.

Steve Coulson, managing director and founder of Coptrz, commented: “It was an incredibly demanding tender process. However, it was one that we successfully fulfilled due to our unique supplier partnerships and in-house technical team.

“The drones supplied offer the Corps of Engineers a new dimension from the air. I’m sure they will be a huge asset to Defence Forces Ireland going forward. We are looking forward to continually working with the forces to enable their wider drone strategy.”

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