Aerial Surveillance

We own a small fleet of aircraft and have a proven track record of working with operations partners to fulfil airbourne surveillance and response contracts.

As a showcase of our aerial surveillance knowledge, ARL took the leading role in the management and co-ordination of a major oil-on-water exercise in UK waters during 2014, the first such exercise for more than 10 years. To find out more have a look at our AirSAR case study:

AirSAR Case Study

We work with organisations such as Oil Spill Response Ltd and Cobham Plc to provide aerial oil spill response and monitoring services to many of the world's major oil and gas companies.

During a surveillance contract coordinated by ARL, the DA42-MPP aircraft supported emergency services in the successful rescue of 14 people on board a ditched helicopter serving the North Sea oil rigs.

Our extensive knowledge in the aerial surveillance and monitoring arena enables us to provide expert, full life-cycle management solutions to an array of industries, but in particular to companies in the oil and gas sector; focusing on spill prevention, detection, monitoring and clean-up, using all available technologies including airborne and satellite platforms.

We own aircraft and bespoke modifications specific to these roles and, with our fulfilment partners, can provide a variety of aerial surveillance services:

  • Stand-off and close quarters patrol and surveillance
  • MX15 Electro-Optical / Infra-Red gyro-stabilised turret; still and video, evidential quality
  • Effective communications: live video downlink, satellite communications
  • Live internet-based aircraft tracking from any worldwide location
  • AIS (Automatic Identification System) maritime transponder system
  • Night and day 24 hour air and ground operations
  • Rapid standby response (30 minutes to airborne)
  • Pilots and observers are trained in a variety of skills including oil spill recognition
  • Aerial oil dispersant spray capability
  • Immediate availability to deploy worldwide (subject to ITAR approvals)