Our Applications

Defence sector

Surveillance, detection and counter measures

Blue Bear have been working within the defence sector for over 14 years providing a suite of unmanned systems to both the aerospace and maritime markets. We have the expertise to provide complete systems or can easily integrate with your equipment to deliver a robust solution.

We operate a family of UAS under a UK CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) ‘Permission to Operate’ (an enhanced Permission in our case reflecting a long history of safe operations), which include:

A foldable, fixed wing platform called iSTART with all European content, small enough to fit in a backpack and can be easy operated by only one person.  This versatile vehicle is launched by hand, has plug ‘n’ play payloads and will fly autonomously. The mission planning is via a ‘point and click’ interface where you task it to ‘look here, land there’.  This unmanned system provides eyes into sky where and when you need them, relaying vital information without risking personnel. To see the iSTART in action, please click here.

Blackstart is a larger fixed wing option that is also hand launched and belly landed.  Its greater endurance of approximately 90 minutes allows it to stay where you want it for longer, relaying full motion video or other important data. The system’s small footprint makes it easy to move around, so you can operate close to the action without sacrificing other resources that are needed and the Blackstart is scalable so it can be adapted to your specific payload requirements.  To see the Blackstart in action, please click here.
Our systems are remotely controlled or flown autonomously using our SNAP® autopilot and avionics. An easily accessible Matlab Simulink® interface allows SNAP® to be readily programmed to control platforms and on-board systems. SNAP® can also be used to provide autonomy to maritime vehicles and was recently used in (Autonomous Surface
Vehicles) ASV’s vehicle to demonstrate the utility of USVs in the determination of unlawful activity at sea.  

SNAP-NET® is a network enabled version of SNAP® which allows multiple autopilots to exchange information efficiently, enabling co-ordinated control of separate platforms over mobile ad-hoc networks, as well as distributed control of physically large systems, where several autopilots may be used as local sub-system controllers.

Your choice of sensor will detect, capture, relay and analyse information in ‘real time’ to the operator via our Nexus® Ground Control Station. Our flexible, open systems architecture can be configured to meet the processing, I/O, video and graphics needs of a variety of different rugged applications.

Possible applications: conflict zones, counter-terrorism, anti-piracy, drug interdiction, patrol and surveillance operations. Military, Coast Guard, Search and rescue, border protection and law enforcement.

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