Members of the Defence Forces pictured with a drone expert from COPTRZ during a demo. 

Ireland’s Defence Forces have invested in their drone fleet with the purchase of four specialist UAVs capable of carrying both thermal and visual cameras simultaneously, as part of an exclusive deal from a UK commercial drone supplier.

The new drones will be operated by the Defence Forces’ Engineering Corps to aid in peacekeeping operations, search and rescue, disaster relief and general monitoring from the air.

COPTRZ, the Leeds-based commercial drone company, was chosen to supply the units as part of a competitive tender process. Following an initial scoping session, the company recommended four specialist UAVs to offer versatility through a range of payload options.

The recent tender win further strengthens the COPTRZ position as a leading UAV provider to law enforcement teams, following their collaboration with Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police late last year (see ‘UK News’ for further information).

Steve Coulson, MD and Founder of COPTRZ, said it was an incredibly demanding tender process, adding that it was one the company successfully fulfilled due to what he described as the unique supplier partnerships and in-house technical team.

“The drones offer the Corps of Engineers a new dimension from the air and I’m sure they will be a huge asset to the Irissh Defence Forces going forward. We look forward to continually working with the defences forces to enable their wider drone strategy.”