Notts based Drone Defence attracts £500,000 investment from American company

A leading drone security company based in Nottinghamshire has pulled in £500,000 investment to develop its detection technology.

By Gay Bolton
Monday, 7th September 2020, 10:44 am
Richard Gill, chief executive officer of Drone Defence Services Ltd, is pictured centre front with colleagues.
Richard Gill, chief executive officer of Drone Defence Services Ltd, is pictured centre front with colleagues.

Drone Defence Services Ltd has attracted the money from American company Scientel Solutions which partners with the world’s leading technology innovators.

Retford-based Drone Defence is committed to enabling drone technology and demonstrating its potential, whilst supporting a sustainable future where drones change the way we view, interact with and move around our world,

The company recognises that solutions need to be found to safely integrate autonomous drones (which don’t rely on human input) into the sky in a future in which they will share airspace with manned aircraft and be travelling beyond ‘line of sight’. The ability to track everything that uses airspace and interpreting that data quickly and effectively is the key to unlocking the future of drone technology.

Drone Defence is in the first 1% of this new industry.

Richard Gill, founder and chief executive officer of Drone Defence, said: “This investment is going to drive our business forward and enable us to achieve our ambition of safely integrating small autonomous vehicles into general airspace.

“It will allow us to hire the experts needed to develop our prior proprietary technology and integrate it with our existing market leading mitigation technology.

“Not only that the investment has also given us the springboard to launch into the Americas markets and with early interest from significant customers it is clear that the drone security market is only set to grow.

“Our partnership with Scientel Solutions presents an outstanding opportunity for the business. Their investment will enable us to further develop our award-winning technology.

“As the drone detection and security market continues to grow the partnership between Drone Defence and Scientel Solutions will enable us to deliver and support our cutting-edge technology across the world.”

The company PwC, which uses research to give perspectives on the future world of work, predicts that by 2030 drones will contribute £42 billion to the UK economy, with the industry expected to employ 600,000 people.