Indra and Inaer held this Friday at the Rozas Aero Transport Research Center in Castro de Rei, Lugo, the official presentation of the initial phase of the Civil UAVs Initiative project with which the Government of Galicia aims to boost industrial and technological development for unmanned aerial vehicles in collaboration with both companies.
This project's rollout brought together the President of the Government of Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the Chairman & CEO of Indra, Fernando Abril-Martorell, the Manager of Inaer, Enrique Nogueroles, as well as the Director of INTA, Ignacio Azqueta Ortiz, and the Minister of Economy, Enterprise and Industry of the Government of Galicia, Francisco Conde, who inaugurated the event.
Both companies were awarded the contract for this project last February, selected in a public tender process that attracted the participation of the sector's leading companies. This public-private partnership transforming Inaer and Indra into technology partners of the Government of Galicia.
Indra and Inaer will perform Research and Development tasks to generate solutions based on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) aimed at improving the public services provided to citizens by the government of Galicia. Specifically, the project will result in unmanned vehicle systems capable of follow-up and management of tasks related with firefighting, maritime rescue and surveillance, environment conservation applications, detection of spills at sea and urban planning, among others.
To reach this objective, the Government of Galicia will invest 40 million euros, while Indra and Inaer commit to a joint investment of 75 million euros, in the project.
As part of the project's R&D, Inaer will centralize in Galicia the development and manufacture of the LUMES unmanned helicopter designed for surveillance and support in decision-making during fire extinction activities. Likewise, software applications to improve the efficiency of service provision to citizens in the fields of emergencies, urban management and natural resources will also be developed.
On another hand, Indra will create at the Rozas airdrome its Optionally Piloted Aircraft TARGUS, the first of its kind in Spain, and a Mission and Data Processing Center, a system for real-time collection and management of data sent by an UAV. It will also develop an Unmanned Sea Vehicle (USV), equipped with an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) for gathering samples and fitted with shipwreck detection systems, maritime rescue equipment and firefighting systems, among other solutions.