UK Home Office hosts first meeting of Counter-UAS Industry Action Group

The UK Counter-UAS Industry Action Group, made up of representatives from industry and academia, held its first meeting since its recent launch by the UK Home Office’s Joint Security and Resilience Centre. Chaired by Shaun Hipgrave, Director of Protect, Prepare, CBRNE and S&T of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, the virtual event was attended by senior representatives from the Home Office, Department for Transport (DfT), the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and other key Government departments.

The aim of the Action Group was for industry to present the latest technical developments and trends in the C-UAS market to Government, as well as addressing the challenges faced by the sector.

Mark Radford, Blighter Co-Founder and CTO provided expertise in how C-UAS technology can be used for the protection of the public, critical national infrastructure, and the UK as a whole.

Mark offered his insight into the role of radar in C-UAS and highlighted the need for more government support to facilitate the accessibility of anti-drone test centres as well as the importance of sharing information between C-UAS providers and government.

Speaking after the event, Mark said:

“Those of us in industry have long been pushing for more government support in the field of C-UAS, especially given the threat posed by hostile drones to our national security and infrastructure.  JSaRC brought in a great mix of academia, industry and government for some open discussions on the present and future challenges facing this sector and it is encouraging to see the government step up to address them.”

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