Search-and-rescue boost for the UAE

The UAE’s National Search & Rescue Centre (NSRC) will integrate QinetiQ’s BRACERTM tactical satellite communications system into its fleet of search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters, as well as equipping its medical and rescue personnel.


Image: National Search & Rescue Centre (NSRC) /Adnec

Following an extensive trial and test integration period throughout 2022, BRACERTM will provide NSRC with global beyond-line-of-site (BLOS) communications and asset tracking to improve overall situational awareness and help coordinate SAR missions in some of its most challenging theatres of operation – often where traditional radio communications cannot always be relied upon due to distance, geography, or weather conditions.

Dr Stephen Toumajan, general manager, NSRC said: “The BRACERTM satellite communication and tracking capability is a game-changer for SAR operations. It allows us the ability to talk to and track our crews anywhere in our area of operations.”

Tim Williams, senior sales manager, QinetiQ added: “NSRC operates in challenging air, maritime and land environments and embraces the need to use best-of-breed technology to deliver its life-saving service. As a responsive, reliable, simple and secure system, BRACERTM increases reactiveness, enhances situational awareness and enables the passage of information where it’s previously been impossible or difficult.”