Securitas flying high with Airbus Group in wake of security solutions contract win for UK operations
Securitas has been awarded a contract to provide specific security solutions for leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus Group. Those solutions will encompass many specialised services and include the platform for Securitas to further develop its aerodrome-focused fire and rescue services.
Securitas has been providing security services for Airbus in France, Spain and Germany since 1990. Last year, Airbus Group put out a tender for the UK and Securitas’ 40-strong bid team fought determined competition to secure the prestigious contract win.
Michael Clancy, commercial director at Securitas, said: “In winning this contract we have proved our specialist service capability and the depth of our reach back to specialists in both the UK and across Securitas EMEA. What was already Securitas European and Global Accounts Department’s largest account has now increased in size with the addition of the UK portfolio.”
The specialist service contract will cover Airbus’ sites in Chester, North Wales, Bristol, Portsmouth and Stevenage and include reception duties, airport security and aerodrome fire and rescue in addition to fire vehicle and equipment maintenance and strategy advice.
Clancy added: “This really is a most deserving contract win for Securitas UK and is testament to our strategy of offering customers Best in Class sector expertise from the UK and across the globe. Our suite of services and unique approach is gathering serious momentum.”
Multirole Jammer developed and launched by Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space has developed a new protection system, designated Multirole Jammer, that combines the highest efficiency countering radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) with comprehensive monitoring of the signal spectrum and tactical communication jamming.
Based on the latest software-defined radio technologies, the Multirole Jammer analyses the signal spectrum around a vehicle and is thus in a position to jam the radio signals intended to ignite a roadside bomb in an extremely target-efficient way. In an extended role, the device can be used for operational signal intelligence, thus contributing to the generation of a comprehensive picture of the signal situation – a task that previously could only be accomplished by separate systems which are scarce in number and much more difficult to deploy.
The Multirole Jammer also supports the developing counter-UAV systems. Making use of the indispensable RCIED protection equipment ensures efficient use of available space, weight, power and budget.
“Lessons learned from deployments such as Afghanistan have made more versatile and compact devices to monitor the electromagnetic spectrum indispensable”, said Thomas Müller, head of the electronics business line at Airbus Defence and Space. “Our long-standing experience in electronic warfare enables us to translate latest technologies into solutions which offer reliable protection to the forces on the ground.”
The Multirole Jammer uses the ultra-fast SMART responsive jamming technology developed by Airbus Defence and Space to substantially enhance protection compared to conventional systems. Thanks to new digital receiver and signal processing technologies, the system achieves reaction times of well below one millisecond.
The jamming power is focused on the detonation signal’s specific frequency instead of being distributed over the whole frequency range, as is the case in conventional systems.
The SMART Responsive Jamming Technology is already operational in the company’s Vehicle Protection Jammer.