Inzpire Limited has confirmed that it will soon be supplying training services to the British Army in support of a mini drones contract led by Lockheed Martin UK. Project TIQUILA will see Lockheed Martin deliver 15 rotary-wing Indago 4 and 99 fixed-wing Stalker VXE30 drones to the British Army to provide cutting-edge imaging and surveillance capability.
Inzpire will supply training needs analysis, training design and training delivery services to British Army uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) instructors at the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill, to ensure the new UAS are integrated effectively and their capabilities maximised by users. After establishing customer requirements, Inzpire’s experts will deliver theoretical and live training content, ensuring the army receives a tailored training package that is continuously evolving to support the lifecycle of the new capabilities.
Instructors receiving this first tranch of training through Project TIQUILA will go on to train frontline soldiers of 32 Regt Royal Artillery, while being continually supported through the project’s evolving training packages.
Inzpire has vast experience in UAS and remotely piloted air systems (RPAS) services, with the company’s ex-military experts regularly delivering single and collective training in live and synthetic domains to the UK Ministry of Defence and a range of European customers. Having supplied training to Royal Air Force RPAS crews for many years, this will be Inzpire’s first delivery of UAS training to the British Army.
Brendan Nolan, Managing Director at Inzpire, said: “Inzpire is delighted to partner with Lockheed Martin UK on Project TIQUILA. This innovative contract will bring key capabilities to the warfighter; something that is at the heart of Inzpire’s purpose. We are delighted that yet again Inzpire’s operational understanding and delivery expertise has been recognised by Lockheed Martin UK, extending our existing partnership.”
Andy Bain, Head of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division at Inzpire, commented: “I am delighted to be able to announce that Inzpire has been selected to support Lockheed Martin UK with the provision of UAS training to the British Army for Project TIQUILA. This has been a long and highly competitive competition and we are thrilled to be chosen to provide UAS training to the Royal School of Artillery’s instructors.”
“We have a fantastic team of highly experienced veteran professionals with many years of tactical UAS and ISR operational experience, and we look forward to providing the British Army with the skills and knowledge that they will need to enable these amazing new, state of the art capabilities.”
Weighing just over 20 kilogrammes with a 4.88 metre wingspan, the operationally proven Stalker drone is portable, vertical-launched and almost silent. It provides over eight hours of imaging capability and is able to cover around 60 miles.
The foldable Indago 4 drone weighs less than 2.5 kilograms, and can be carried in a soldier’s backpack and deployed in just two minutes with a range of approximately eight miles. Its high-resolution camera systems provide zoom capability to accurately identify people, objects, vehicles and weapons, day or night.
Both drone platforms will deliver cutting-edge imaging and surveillance for the armed forces, locating targets at multiple ranges across a variety of environments.