UAV Trials in Africa’s Biggest Game Reserve a Success

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Bathawk Recon tested the DT-26 last week in the Selous Game Reserve the largest and most challenging protected area in Tanzania. Supported by Mantra Tanzania and the Mantra Anti-Poaching Team, the trials move the Bathawk Recon Anti-poaching concept one step closer to deployment.

The trials are active evidence that Tanzania Private Sector Anti-Poaching Initiative is gaining momentum.

UAV trials have been taking place in the Selous Game reserve at Mantra Tanzania’s Makuyu River Camp. These trials have been testing Delair Tech’s DT-26 to match its capabilities with Bathawk Recons UAV anti-poaching surveillance concept. One of the great challenges of UAV surveillance for anti-poaching is developing a solution that can be deployed on the scale of the problem. The Selous provides the kind of challenging landscape that needs to be surveyed.

The trials are active evidence that Tanzania Private Sector Anti-Poaching Initiative is gaining momentum. Observers attended from the Civil Aviation authority, the National Parks authority and the armed forces. Bathawk/PSAPI's concept, which proposes that newly developed commercial fixed wing UAVs with video and infrared capabilities, will be able to cover these large areas of ground effectively and economically.

The DT-26 is only one of the aircraft to be tested, others will follow to determine a technical capability that can be deployed in the varying conditions of Tanzania’s parks to combat poaching. The Selous is perhaps the most difficult of all having a high percentage of forest cover and very rough terrain. If it can work here it can work anywhere!

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Any interested party can contact us on details provided below:

  • Mike Chambers: Bathawk Recon Director: mob: +255 755 289785 email: mike(dot)chambers(at)bat-hawkrecon(dot)com
  • Idrisa Jaffary: Press Liaison Officer: mob: +255 714 028377 email: idrisajaffary(at)gmail(dot)com

The Bathawk Recon team will be able to give you access to:

  • Video footage of the trial, Video footage of the surveillance, video of interviews with participants.
  • Photos of the trial, the surveillance and the participants

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