Force Protection personnel from RAF Honington recently carried out an Operational Capability Demonstration utilising Remotely Piloted Air Systems to enhance Force Protection at RAF Akrotiri, say the MoD.
The FP Centre’s RPAS Team have been issued with a provisional Categorisation for Class 1(b) MIL RPAS to operate on all RAF Units day and night. In doing so they are one of the 1st in Defence to be authorised for operation in this class.
WO Galloway said:
“RAF Akrotiri was a challenging Complex Air and Ground Environment to operate a new system within, however we perfectly demonstrated how using novel technologies can have direct impact as Force Multipliers”
According to a news release, an RAF Police dog handler and members of 34 Sqn RAF Regiment were involved in the trial as they are currently providing FP support to RAF Akrotiri.
“The RPAS provides the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) commander with a live picture of the battlespace and incident, vastly improving his situational awareness before he briefs his section to move and restrain the intruder. This positive identification of an individual or threat can swiftly bring an incident to a close, allowing the air commander to maintain air operations unhindered.”
Deputy Squadron Commander No. 34 Sqn RAF Regiment Flt Lt Tom Wardell said:
“The RPAS is an excellent rapidly deployable capability for the FP Force providing enhanced FP for an airbase and its assets.”
The RPAS team will now complete a number of OCDs on UK RAF Stations.