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Unmanned Systems & Solutions


Our experience in the UAS domain extends to all the elements of the system. We can advise on Ground Control Station integration issues, ISTAR Data Links, autonomy & control, crew training, C2 optimisation and payload support tailored to the needs of your requirement. 3SDL successfully delivers these services and currently supports provide life cycle management support to the UK MOD’s Unmanned Air Systems Team and we work with other UK stakeholders to mitigate the risk associated with bringing these systems into service.

We have a strong pedigree providing contractor led managed services that includes the implementation of unmanned systems. Through our partners we can offer a turnkey solution to plug in to your existing capabilities, enhancing your situational awareness and reducing your manpower burden. We can also offer a comprehensive exploitation and analysis service to maximise your use of the system and the payloads that it operates.

For more information, please contact Andrew McAleer

Scan Eagle

Success Story

Lessons Identified from Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) UAS in Recent and Current Operations
Client: Unmanned Air Systems Capability Development Centre (UAS CDC)
Contract Date: 2012 - Present

3SDL are proud to be part of the UAS CDC’s operating framework for the past 2 years. The UAS CDC facilitates and coordinates support and input from relevant MOD agencies ensuring a coherent and consistent view on emergent matters or issues from UAS. 3SDL have carried out a number of work packages through the UAS CDC in this time. The first included the identification, analysis and subsequent recommendation from lessons that have been identified from all UOR UAS operated by the UK armed forces in recent operations. These UAS included the very small Black Hornet and the mini Desert Hawk 3 up to the more complex Hermes 450 and MQ-9 Reaper systems. This work enabled the MOD to gain clarity on the system for accurately storing and learning lessons from these systems when they were deployed.

Following on from this task, we joined the Maritime UAS project within the UAS Team at MOD DE&S Abbeywood, assisting the Acceptance and Trials Management process for the delivery of the ScanEagle UAS to RFA Cardigan Bay and HMS Somerset. We initially supported Lesson Identified / Lessons Applied through the work and experience on other UAS UORs, then later acted as UAS Trials SQEP (Suitable, Qualified Experienced Personnel) throughout the complex acceptance process – this included management of the Integrated Test, Evaluation and Acceptance Plan (ITEAP) and supervision of Harbour and Sea Trials for the system. The combined ScanEagle Team was subsequently awarded a Commendation by the Chief of Defence Materiel, with 3SDL being one of the contractors named as providing excellence in support to the delivery of this vital ISR system.

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