North East England UAS Specialist Heliguy Installs Drone Defense At Gatwick Airport

North East England UAS specialist Heliguy has provided Gatwick Airport with a sophisticated drone defense system, which now forms part of the airport’s overall counter UAV capability to protect itself from rogue attacks and to stop a repeat of the disruption caused last Christmas.

The UK’s second busiest airport has been prompted to take action following the suspected drone sightings in December, which grounded more than 1,000 flights and impacted 140,000 passengers.

Gatwick chose DJI Gold Partner Heliguy as its critical supplier and Heliguy has recently installed the counter-drone technology, as part of a broader, comprehensive solution which protects the airport from a wide range of unmanned aircraft.


As a drone defense specialist, Heliguy has been a key player in industry-leading talks and demonstrations to protect UK airspace from rogue UAVs.

For drone detection and defense Heliguy teams and works with a breadth of leading technology partners to offer a layered solution. This includes Altitude Angel, developers of the world’s leading UTM (unmanned traffic management) Solution, and Operational Solutions Limited, a leading systems integrator and developer of the FACE (Fusion Assessment Control Engine) Command and Control software.

Heliguy has already installed counter-UAS technology at a number of major UK airports and prisons and is in discussions with international airports and major mines around the world to expand our provision.


Earlier this year, Heliguy supplied the British Grand Prix with the DJI AeroScope detection solution, which detected illegally-flown drones during the weekend and helped police respond quickly.

Last November, Heliguy was a key delivery partner at Operation Zenith – a world-first demonstration at Manchester Airport to test how drones and traditional aircraft can safely share the same airspace. It was led by aviation technology company Altitude Angel, as well as Manchester Airport and NATS.


‘We Are Proud To Be Part of Gatwick’s Drone Defence Solution’

Installing a permanent drone detection system at Gatwick – the ninth-busiest airport in Europe – is a major success for Heliguy and endorses the company’s reputation in the industry.


Heliguy initially stepped into the breach in December following an appeal from Gatwick for an expert supplier to provide a temporary DJI AeroScope detection unit, amid the pre-Christmas disruption.

The Heliguy team duly responded and, working in conjunction with DJI, made a special trip down from North Shields, on Christmas Eve, to fit the system.

Since then, Heliguy has been working with the airport to build the right drone defense package – managing infrastructure, supplying the equipment and offering consultancy and out-of-hours advice along the way.


And after an initial trial period, Heliguy was delighted to be confirmed as one of Gatwick’s chosen partners, which culminated in the permanent installation of Heliguy’s counter-drone solution. Heliguy will continue to provide assistance to Gatwick.

Speaking about the installation, Michael Smith, Heliguy’s drone defense specialist, said: “We are proud to be one of Gatwick’s chosen drone defense partners and it has been a pleasure to work with them.

“As the UK’s leading drone supplier, we know how many advantages drones bring to both hobbyist flyers and those in the working world – helping to save time, reduce risk and increase efficiency. However, as a responsible drone provider, we understand that, from time to time, drones can fall into the wrong hands, so it is important that those at risk of an
attack are protected from rogue and irresponsible operators.


“Heliguy’s drone defense team offers a comprehensive service of consultancy, installation and maintenance, which is key for successful operation. Our drone defense system has a track record of detecting illegal UAS flights and providing early intervention.

“Over the last year, we have been at the forefront of crucial talks about protecting UK airspace and we have demonstrated what can be achieved when the best products in the industry are amalgamated into one integration tool.

“We believe that our solution will help Gatwick Airport to robustly defend itself from irresponsible drone flights and stop a repeat of last year’s pre-Christmas disruption.”


A spokesman for Gatwick Airport said: “Following the incident at Gatwick Airport last Christmas, we have stepped up our counter-drone technology to ensure the continued safety and resilience of our airport.

“We want to ensure that every passenger has a calm, relaxed and enjoyable experience at Gatwick Airport and enhancing our drone defense will help to ensure there is no repeat of last year.

“Heliguy responded quickly to our initial request for drone defense in December and pulled out all the stops to make this happen. Since then, we have worked closely with them to build part of the airport’s overall solution and they have provided wide-ranging support and expertise along the way. With their help, as well as others, we are now able to provide leading-edge counter-drone resilience for Gatwick Airport, our passengers and wider stakeholders.”


To find out more about how Heliguy can install drone defense at your site, contact Heliguy at or on 0191 296 1024.


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