Aberporth, Wales – TEKEVER, the European leader in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), today announces the opening of a new site at West Wales Airport, Aberporth. The site will be used to conduct R&D and test flights for customers including the UK Home Office, Royal Airforce and Royal Navy. TEKEVER’s UK team is set to grow by 50% in 2023 and it will create an additional 200 highly skilled jobs over the next 3 years across its two UK sites in Aberporth and Southampton, taking advantage of local engineering and technology talent.
The new site will strengthen and scale TEKEVER’s capabilities in R&D and allow it to conduct product development entirely in the UK. West Wales Airport was selected due to its unique ability to provide safe and segregated airspace where the company can test and evaluate drone software and hardware, and rapidly develop technology bespoke to customer needs. While the new site will serve customers globally, they will focus on projects that have to be delivered entirely in the UK due to their sensitive nature. The facilities and airspace will also be used for flight training by TEKEVER’s UK-led operations team, who conduct missions on behalf of customers.
Expanding the company’s UK footprint supports TEKEVER’s long-term strategy to streamline product development and take advantage of UK engineering talent. The company’s team of aeronautical, mechanical and software engineers in the UK has been at the forefront of the company’s work in AI and behind the development of critical technologies including sensor integration and the Ground Control Station (GCS) – a core component of every UAS used by customers globally. TEKEVER will continue to work closely with UK universities and research institutes to guide critical research and nurture future talent.
“After ten years of operating in the UK, we are pleased to be opening our second UK site in West Wales that will prove critical in supporting our ambitious growth plans.” commented Ricardo Mendes, CEO of TEKEVER. “The UK has a lot to offer when it comes to growing a technology business. It is home to some of the brightest minds and innovations. Many of TEKEVER’s critical technologies that are used by organisations around the world were developed right here in the UK. TEKEVER is proof that tech companies can thrive in the UK, beyond London and Silicon Fen. We look forward to working with some of the best talent as we continue to grow our business here.”
TEKEVER delivers real-time intelligence across ultra-wide areas via unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The UAS are available to purchase or can be operated by TEKEVER “as-a-service”. TEKEVER UAS are capable of flying up to 20 hours continuously and use a wide combination of sensors including EO and IR cameras, Synthetic Aperture Radars, and multiple types of SIGINT sensors. Built around an artificial intelligence (AI)-centric platform that combines edge AI, satellite communications, and cloud computing, TEKEVER UAS provide customers with real time intelligence and advanced analytics over simple to use, and globally accessible, web and mobile interfaces. TEKEVER has engineering and production facilities in Portugal and in the United Kingdom and works closely with a global partner network to provide local support to customers worldwide.
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