Unmanned drones could patrol coast
UNMANNED aircraft could help identify rogue ships in the Channel and track down smugglers.
It is the product of an industry partnership led by regional police forces - including Kent Police - and BAE Systems.
The partnership is exploring what could be the basis for a national scheme that will see unmanned autonomous systems being used as part of a coordinated UK-wide air support package.
brings together a range of agencies, including Kent and Essex police forces, the UK Border Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Andrew Mellors, head of civil autonomous systems for BAE Systems, told a London conference: “The partnership is aimed at making the most effective and efficient use of resources, and ensuring UASs are introduced into use responsibly.”
Chief Inspector Richard Watson, responsible for Air Operations for Kent Police, said: “This partnership is exploring new approaches in terms of police aviation.
“UASs have the potential to perform a significant role and it is important to work alongside authorities such as the CAA and companies like BAE Systems to make sure that any introduction of these systems is done responsibly.”
“It makes good sense for us all to contribute to it and share the costs and benefits”.