Plextek’s micro radar system to enable autonomous resupply of emergency equipment on the front line by UAS

Cambridge, UK – 14th September 2017 – Innovation consultancy, Plextek have announced their development of a game changing technology that will have a significant impact on the way that emergency equipment and supplies are transported to the battlefield.

The company have been funded by the newly formed Defence and Security Accelerator to develop a millimetre wave micro-radar to enable an Unmanned Air System (UAS) to autonomously provide resupply of equipment up to 30 km away from the front line battlefield.

The system is planned to deliver food, water, medical equipment, fuel and even mechanical parts for vehicle repair; reducing the need of travel across potentially dangerous areas and the probability of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) exposure.

The sensor has a major benefit that it can work in extreme weather environments and in both day and night, showing its future use in emergency response and disaster relief. When the risk of sending in recovery teams is high, this solution facilitates quick delivery of supplies and help, instantly reducing risk and improving outcomes during such situations.

Peter Doig, Business Manager, Plextek:
“The potential that this technology has will have a real impact on people’s lives, not only does it show a significant impact in the defence sector reducing danger and potential exposure to IED’s, but the benefits it could have in disaster relief, emergency response and natural disaster is really exciting. It really shows the benefits of how developments in the defence sector can have use in everyday situations.”

The sensor will be demonstrated later this year with a view to system level trials late 2018.

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

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