Saudi Arabia’s largest telecom company is partnering with counter-drone firm DroneShield to protect the country’s infrastructure and assets from rogue UAVs.
Under a new agreement, Saudi Telecom Company’s executive arm, STC Specialized, will team up with DroneShield to bring enhanced drone detection and mitigation to key sectors such as government installations, industrial plants and wireless communication assets.
STC Specialized states its mission is “implementing solutions for critical communications, by aiming at boosting the communication channels between ambulatory and fixed working groups in various business sectors.”
Under a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding, DroneShield will supply its line of anti-drone products including:
- DroneSentinel: a multi-prone detection product designed to locate rogue drones. The solution is aimed at customers unable to deploy jamming because of regulatory or operational restrictions.
- DroneSentry: A solution that detects and neutralizes unmanned aerial bandits using jamming technology. The product is geared toward foreign clients – the product has not been authorized by the FCC and may not be sold or leased in the U.S. because it jams radio signals.
STC Specialized will focus on managing Saudi business relationships and providing pre/post-sale customer service, education and support. The company’s customers include Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Ministry of Defence, the General Directorate of Civil Defence, Saudi Airlines, Saudi Electricity Company, Rabigh Refining Company and the General Directorate of Narcotics Control.
DroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik said of the agreement:
“STC Specialized is a world-class partner with deep access and technical capability in the region. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the broader Middle East are a market with a substantial need for our products, and we look forward to capitalizing on that demand, while STC Specialized achieves its broader economic and technological objectives in the Kingdom.”
STC Specialized’s Chief Executive Officer Waleed Mutter commented, “We have partnered with DroneShield after a careful review and consideration of the counter-drone market. We look forward to working on our strategic objectives with DroneShield, while helping protect the Kingdom and its allies from aerial threats.”
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