An AR-5 drone is operating over the English Channel on behalf of the UK Border Force.
The Home Office has previously said that it has access to aerial surveillance assets and that it works with partner agencies to make use of the available assets.
A spokesperson previously declined to comment on what company manufactures the drone based at Lydd, citing commercial sensitivities, however, CAA records show the unmanned aircraft flying with the tail number G-TEKV is the 7.3m x 4.0m AR5 model built by Tekever.
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The Open Source Intelligence Twitter account SkyWatcher Intel followed the patrol earlier, if you don’t follow them then I’d suggest you go do that now.
Last year, the BBC revealed that unmanned aircraft would be flying from Lydd Airport to monitor people attempting to cross the channel from France by boat.
The TEKEVER AR5 is a tactical UAS designed for medium and long-range maritime surveillance missions. Capable of carrying 50 kg in 20 hour missions, the AR5 features a wide range of sensor options and a multitide of features according to its manufacturer.
G-TEKV is registered to Tekever’s office in the University of Southampton’s Science Park.
- Multiple platforms, one system
- Tactical UAS MTOW up to 180Kg
- BLOS satellite communications
- High precision video, imagery and sensor data in real-time
- Flexible architecture, supporting multiple types of payloads and datalinks
- Highest production standards, and prepared for certification
- Used in multiple collaborative projects for testing and validation
- ITAR Free
- Fully managed LoS and BLoS datalink handover
- Short unpaved runways for take-off and landing
- Automatic take-off and landing (ATOL)