UAE’s NRSC selects Artemis for AW139 SAR fleet

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Host of the International Search & Rescue conference and exhibition, the United Arab Emirates National Search and Rescue Centre (UAE-NRSC), has announced that it will adopt the Smith Meyers Artemis detection system for its fleet of search rescue helicopters.

Commenting on the announcement UAE NRSC General Manager, H.E. Maj. Gen. Dr Stephen A. Toumajan, General Manager, said, “Smith Myers and Artemis outperformed others during extensive in-country testing. This new and unique sensor will lead to more rapid and positive Search and Rescue mission outcomes.” 

Meanwhile,  Andrew Munro, Company Director at Smith Myers, attending the conference as a guest speaker, said, “We are proud to be working with NSRC to bring this new and life-saving capability to the UAE. Working with NSRC has been a great experience. But for us, this is where the relationship begins, as we support the transition to operations of our new T-A ARTEMIS system with NSRC.”

ARCSAR network to run Arctic catastrophe exercise

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The Arctic Security and Emergency Preparedness Network (ARCSAR) will be testing Smith Myers ARTEMIS SAR fitted to a Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNorAF) AW101 during a live exercise in Norway’s arctic Svalbard archipelago this month. The exercise is intended to demonstrate a range of technologies and applications on both crewed and unmanned aircraft.

The exercise has been prompted by the growth in commercial traffic in the high arctic region and northern passages as result of growth in tourism as well as offshore oil and gas activity. Shipping traffic on transpolar routes is expected grow sharply in the near future as a result of changing sea ice conditions. Nevertheless, the challenges of SAR operations in the region; severe weather, poor communications and infrastructure and limited resources will need to be overcome as demand increases.