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Providing ROVER Remote Viewing Terminal support to UAST

Client: UAS Team Contract Date: 2014

The Unmanned Air System Team (UAST) required expert support for the Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) ROVER Remote Viewing terminal (RVT) programme which was transitioning from a UOR to be part of the UK Core Equipment Programme (CEP). Before joining 3SDL, Ricki Gleeson was a military Requirements Manager at MOD Abbey Wood, which combined with his activities as a Ground Liaison Officer with 3SDL’s Unmanned Air System (UAS) emulation and Close Air Support simulation made him the perfect person for 3SDL to send.

This began as a short, 6-month contract requiring Ricki’s full time presence at Abbey Wood to manage the programme, support the return of equipment from Afghanistan and produce the initial drafts of the extensive documentation required to support a Core programme. Near the end of the contract a new civil servant (from external recruitment) arrived and Ricki spent the remainder of his time training him on the ROVER RVT and the basics of what is defence and how military procurement functions.

During this time Ricki also supported the Mini UAS (Desert Hawk 3) which was also transitioning from a UOR to a CEP whilst undergoing an upgrade to enable the DH3 to remain in military service.

Ricki was the perfect 3SDL team member for the job and a month later they asked us if he could go back and manage the Hermes 450 (H450) UAS service provision. The capability had been in service in Afghanistan for 7 years and when the UK redeployed, the service would be terminated. H450 was the first UAS service provision programme that the UK has employed and required the return of contractor owned equipment whilst disposing of items that had been purchased by the MOD to support the service as directed by policy and the end user. During this time he also supported the Black Hornet Nano UAS.

Thus 3SDL’s 6-month contract turned into a year and Ricki supported ROVER RVT, DH3, H450, Black Hornet, UOR programmes and UOR to CEP activities. Life at 3SDL is certainly never boring!