ISR Group, Inc. joined Vanguard Defense Industries in Laredo, Tex. to conduct a flight demonstration of the ShadowHawk unmanned aerial vehicle at the Laredo Fire/Public Safety International Training Facility on June 22. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) and City of Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas were in attendance to view the ShadowHawks’ capabilities for homeland security and first responder support.
“In this era of rapidly-evolving technology, it is important that government, law enforcement and first responders make it a priority to stay aware of all tools available to them in order to ensure that they remain on the cutting edge,” Congressman Cuellar said. “Unmanned aerial vehicles are an efficient and effective way for our emergency responders to leverage limited resources and manpower.”
“We are pleased to see strong leaders like Congressman Henry Cuellar and Mayor Raul Salinas support the advancement of UAVs for domestic uses,” said Mr. Alvin Jackson, President, ISR Group. “This event is an important first step in the movement to help our country’s leaders understand the value UAVs provide in saving civilian lives and protecting those on the frontlines of duty.”
ISR Group is a leader in unmanned aerial vehicles, ground robotics, and underwater inspection and recovery services for government and commercial clients and currently provides unmanned systems services and training to several of the world’s leading UAV manufacturers. The ShadowHawk, manufactured by Vanguard, can operate in adverse weather conditions to aid first responders and homeland security officials in emergency missions in a substantially safer and more cost-effective way. It has a unique ability to provide live-streaming information at either low altitudes for detailed inspections or at higher altitudes of up to 700 feet without being heard or seen, unlike a full-sized, manned aircraft.