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Successful Orbiter Demo for Finnish Border Guard

Orbiter UAV launch from Finnish Border Guard OPV Turva [© Aeronautics Group]

Conducted from a sea vessel, the Orbiter demo showed unique capabilities in a marine environment, as required by the Finnish Border Guard.

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Press Release, Yavne, 14 October 2021: Aeronautics Group – a leading provider of integrated turnkey solutions based on unmanned system platforms, payloads and communications for defence and HLS applications – has concluded a successful evaluation week of the Orbiter system, operating from the Finnish Border Guard’s Turva offshore patrol vessel, demonstrating high capabilities in a marine environment.

Over the course of the week, the Orbiter system was tasked with various maritime mission scenarios, including search & rescue, identification, surveillance & reconnaissance of suspicious vessels and figures, while transmitting a real-time video stream to the vessel’s command & control centre. This evaluation was carried out as part of the Border Guard’s Valvonta 2 (Surveillance 2) project, which is designed to examine future integration of UAVs on board its vessels.

Orbiter UAV recovery to Finnish Border Guard OPV Turva [© Aeronautics Group]

“There is a growing need today for tactical drones capable of carrying out ISTAR missions in challenging marine environments,” says Matan Perry, Aeronautics’ Vice President of Marketing & Sales. “As pioneers in the field of small tactical UAS, we are proud to be able to successfully demonstrate a solution that has been adapted to meet the needs of the Finnish Border Guard.”

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