13.1.2020

Swift Gets $17M Bahamas UAS Contract

Swift Gets $17M Bahamas UAS Contract – link

Source: UAS Vision 

Clarence Russell, Director of Immigration; Dr. Geannie Moss, Comptroller of Customs; Eugene Poitier, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Security; Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers; Capt. Raymond King, Acting Cmdr Defence Force; The Hon. Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security; Rick Heise, Swift Tactical CEO; Alex Echeverria, Swift VP of Ops; Anthony Ferguson, Commissioner of Police; and Charles Murphy, Commissioner of Dept of Correctional Services

Article Headlines

  • Swift Tactical Systems, a subsidiary ofSwift Engineering, won a $17 Million contract to provide the Bahamas government agencies and ministries with a comprehensive UAS program
  • The multi-agency drone program includes the purchase of 55 short and medium-range drones, immediate surveillance capabilities, training and support, and the establishment of a regional drone academy
  • The contract was awarded to Swift Tactical Systems more than one year after the government released a worldwide request for drone and services proposals
  • Swift’s comprehensive plan beat 25 other companies that were part of the multi-agency selection process. All law enforcement agencies, immigration and customs, corrections facilities, and the military will have access to the drones for various activities
  • Swift is familiar with the Bahamian landscape. Following the Category 5 hurricane that caused extensive damage to parts of the Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands, members of the Swift Tactical Systems team mobilized to support the government’s post-hurricane relief efforts. The team utilized its unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct numerous day and night missions to assess the overall situation on the ground and provide real-time data to enhance decision making for areas that were difficult to access

Overview & Comments

  • Central America and the Caribbean is a market to be followed
  • On the operational side there is much potential for UAS
  • There are numerous mission challenges, especially in maritime security
  • The problem is funding as most countries in the region do not obtain the relevant budgets for large scale programs
  • Thus, the region is an opportunity for smaller companies as bigger ones tend to keep away at this stage

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