A British firm has won a contract with the EU to supply border control surveillance helicopter drones.
Martek Marine boasts that the £58m EU Maritime Safety Agency contract will see its products being used for “border control activities, search rescue operations and monitoring of pollution, as well as the detection of illegal fishing and drug and people trafficking”.
As well as the “compact” drones themselves, Martek will be supplying the pilots, the mission control systems and ground crew.
Its drones are usually deployed from a nearby ship and then beam back live video and unspecified “sensor” data, according to a company statement.
Martek itself does not actually appear to be a drone firm, instead offering various maritime-focused technological ideas such as telemedicine and systems monitoring.
“The chosen specification of drones under the EMSA contract are of compact design, making them extremely manoeuvrable in addition to having the ability to start and land vertically from