The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) has awarded a two-year contract to West Wales Airport for the continued supply of its specialised airfield services and facilities.
The services will allow the MoD to maintain the test, evaluation and further refinement of its UAS at the airport, providing the UK with an opportunity to position itself at the forefront of this fast-growing aerospace sector.
Through the £2.5m contract, the MoD is extending its support to the UK Government’s plan of using SME companies to provide more of the country’s defence procurement needs.
An MoD spokesperson said: "The UAS flight services and specialised operating facilities supplied by West Wales Airport during the past few years has been a key factor in the successes that have been achieved.
"The authority is looking forward to maintaining its close working relationship with the airport in the continued delivery of the Watchkeeper system to the UK armed forces."
Since 2004, West Wales Airport has been strengthening its position in the UAS market to supply specialised facilities for unmanned operations.
West Wales is currently the only airport in the world to be authorised by a civil aviation authority (CAA) to enable UAS flights beyond visual line of sight.
The CAA-licenced airport has a 1,200m runway and is located inside segregated airspace, 500 square miles over land and 2,000 square miles over the sea.