Security Architectures in the EU

Tag: Tekever

  • Frontex now drops life rafts, first mission in the Mediterranean allegedly successful

    Frontex now drops life rafts, first mission in the Mediterranean allegedly successful

    At least two surveillance aircraft on Frontex missions have rescue equipment on board. However, critics speak of a “PR measure”. Since 2017, Frontex has set up an aerial surveillance service Mediterranean consisting of chartered aircraft and drones. Some of these…

  • EU agency awaits requests for new maritime rescue drone

    EU agency awaits requests for new maritime rescue drone

    The Maritime Safety Agency EMSA has signed a four-year contract for new drone flights. But operational locations are still unclear because required flight permits and approvals are causing problems. The European Union’s seas are increasingly becoming testing tracks for drone…

  • Mediterranean Sea: Frontex claims to have detected 13,000 refugees with drones

    Mediterranean Sea: Frontex claims to have detected 13,000 refugees with drones

    After in Malta, the EU border agency is now stationing a long-range drone on Crete. There is contradictory information on the surveillance technology on board. According to its own figures, Frontex has detected at least 13,000 refugees in 300 cases…

  • EU drones for people in distress: Dropping life rafts for pullbacks?

    EU drones for people in distress: Dropping life rafts for pullbacks?

    For the first time, drones are flying on behalf of an EU agency with rescue equipment on board. On the high seas, the actually useful technology could encourage illegal refoulements to countries like Libya. Perhaps the new function will only…

  • New unmanned capabilities: When will the EU use drones for practical sea rescue?

    New unmanned capabilities: When will the EU use drones for practical sea rescue?

    Two leading drone manufacturers report readiness to equip their aircraft with life rafts. These can be dropped with pinpoint accuracy over a maritime emergency. But perhaps this would also encourage violations of the Geneva Refugee Convention. The Portuguese company Tekever…

  • Unmanned surveillance for Fortress Europe

    Unmanned surveillance for Fortress Europe

    The agencies EMSA and Frontex have spent more than €300 million on drone services since 2016. The Mediterranean in particular is becoming a testing track for further projects. According to the study “Eurodrones Inc.” presented by Ben Hayes, Chris Jones…