Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) developer Tekever is opening a new site at West Wales Airport, Aberporth.

The site will be used to conduct research and development and test flights for customers including the UK Home Office, Royal Airforce and Royal Navy.

Tekever’s UK team is set to grow by 50& in 2023 and it will create an additional 200 jobs over the next three years across its two UK sites in Aberporth and Southampton.

The new site will strengthen and scale Tekever’s capabilities in research and development and allow it to conduct product development entirely in the UK, the company said.

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West Wales Airport was selected due to its ability to provide safe and segregated airspace where the company can test and evaluate drone software and hardware.

While the new site will serve customers globally, they will focus on projects that have to be delivered entirely in the UK due to their sensitive nature. The facilities and airspace will also be used for flight training by Tekever’s UK-led operations team.

Expanding the company’s UK footprint supports Tekever’s long-term strategy to streamline product development and take advantage of UK engineering talent.

The company’s team of aeronautical, mechanical and software engineers in the UK has been at the forefront of the company’s work in AI and behind the development of critical technologies including sensor integration and the Ground Control Station (GCS) – a core component of every UAS used by customers globally.

Research and development

Tekever will continue to work closely with UK universities and research institutes to guide critical research and nurture future talent.

“After 10 years of operating in the UK, we are pleased to be opening our second UK site in West Wales that will prove critical in supporting our ambitious growth plans,” said Ricardo Mendes, CEO of Tekever.

“The UK has a lot to offer when it comes to growing a technology business. It is home to some of the brightest minds and innovations. Many of Tekever’s critical technologies that are used by organisations around the world were developed right here in the UK. Tekever is proof that tech companies can thrive in the UK, beyond London and Silicon Fen. We look forward to working with some of the best talent as we continue to grow our business here.”
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