Swift Tactical Systems has won a $17 million contract to provide Bahamas government agencies and ministries with an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program. The deal includes the purchase of 55 short- and medium-range drones, immediate surveillance capabilities, training and support, and the establishment of a regional drone academy.
Bahamas Minister of National Security Marvin Dames called the drone program a game-changer. "We are confident the drones will change the landscape of law enforcement in the country. From following suspects of a robbery to finding the location of illegal immigrants and having an aerial view of the prison or pinpointing a drug boat, we have made it our mission and commitment to ensure this technology will be multi-agency and shared among all agencies."
Swift Tactical Systems already has experience operating in the Bahamas, flying UAVs in support of post-hurricane Dorian relief efforts there earlier this year. It conducted UAV day and night missions to assess the overall situation on the ground and provide real-time data to enhance decision making for areas that were difficult to access.
Alex Echeverria, Swift Tactical Systems’ vice president, said the company will support the Bahamian government’s decision to “become the region's center of excellence domestically and abroad. Our deep bench of talented pilots and specialists understands how important it is to help government officials make faster and more informed decisions.”