A Lincolnshire-based drone pilot training academy has joined forces with a counter-UAV qualified entity to deliver a ‘first of its kind’ security course.
Rusta and Hex Horus have teamed up to run the inaugural Drone Security and Surveillance course (D-SS) in Ballykelly Northern Ireland.
The course is broken down into two elements the first being the ground school which takes place in the classroom. It follows a syllabus that incorporates the standard Rusta NQE syllabus for commercial operation plus an additional ISR basics phase that gets the trainee operators thinking, not only about flying the aircraft but fighting it as well.
The second phase puts the theory into practise and combines a full-scale exercise which includes a command and control element via Strax software.
The course, which claims to be the first of its kind nationally, comprises of a bespoke Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) element designed for private and public security companies.
Ryan McCready, CEO of Hex Horus, commented: “The combination of experience and expertise required to design and deliver the D-SS, is evidently clear from our partnership with Rusta.
“Ballykelly is in need of an economic boost, it just so happens that Ballykelly provides both the infrastructure and a sustainable low carbon footprint by using local businesses who benefit from the course. There’s also great collaboration and coordination with the City of Derry Airport’s Air Traffic Operations and management teams.”
Rusta and Hex Horus teamed up after meeting at the Security and Policing exhibition in Farnborough earlier this year.
Sion Roberts MD of Rusta, added: “Rusta had been looking for a suitable partner that had the security expertise, capability and experience needed and Hex Horus ticked all the boxes.
“Both companies have military backgrounds with Rusta’s team comprising of ex Royal Air Force and Army Air Corps Aircrew and Hex Horus’s coming from a Ground Forces perspective. It’s a great fit and we work well together to provide the best product available.”
The course will initially be running monthly over five days with the first courses already being filled.