Operational Solutions secures GBP8m funding to expand counter drone activity

Counter drone technologies company Operational Solutions reports a GPB8 million investment from capital investment company BFG.

According to the company press release:

OSL actively supports major international airports, national infrastructure projects and defence markets with solutions to the growing challenges posed by the increasing prevalence of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in airspaces around the world. The company’s proprietary intelligent software platform, FACE, integrates and fuses realtime data from different sensors to detect, track, identify and manage drones and other objects within a single operating picture. The company has contracts with Heathrow and Gatwick airports and provides support to the UK Ministry of Defence. It has recently signed a global cooperation agreement with Thales, the global aerospace, air traffic management and defence systems company, to provide combined solutions into a range of markets.

It is predicted that as many as 76,000 drones will be in use across the UK by 2030 by private, commercial and government users in new applications and varied settings. This rapid growth will increase demand for drone detection and counter-drone capabilities to manage the airspace around key locations safely and effectively.

Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Reading, OSL currently employs around 70 people throughout the UK. Following BGF’s investment, the company plans to expand its recruitment programme, with new roles spread across R&D, engineering and business development.

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