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UK Coastguard to step up unmanned integration efforts

3rd April 2019 - 13:45 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is set to begin a drone trial ‘in the coming weeks’ as part of plans to evaluate and potentially field unmanned aircraft.

While the agency is preparing to release full details of the trial shortly, it is separately set to commence a 12-month ‘operational evaluation’ this month that will see a police drone team work alongside Coastguard rescue teams and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

One major difference distinguishes the two programmes, with the drone trial set to use large UAVs operating BVLOS, compared to the police operation being restricted to a LoS

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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