Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames joined representatives of law enforcement agencies at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force HMBS Coral Harbour, on January 7, 2021, for a testing and demonstration of ‘The Blimp,’ one of the drones that is a part of the Bahamas National Unmanned Aerial Programme (BNUAP). Also speaking were the RBDF’s Captain Shawn Adderley and Lieut. Commander Andrew Farrington; and Programme Manager of Swift Tactical Systems, Inc., Louie Brock and his team. ‘The Blimp’ is a tethered drone that will be anchored 600 feet above the ground. As its name suggests, it is shaped like a dirigible aircraft. It is 17 feet long and has an eight-hour endurance flying time.
The drone will be used by the Department of Corrections and at the Detention Centre, manned by the Department of Immigration. It will allow for the daily monitoring of both facilities for persistent ground surveillance. The drone also has the potential use for the monitoring of public events and the monitoring of inbound cruise ships bound to port facilities in Nassau and other ports of entry in the county. There was also a testing and demonstration of ‘The Deep Trekker,’ an underwater drone with eight-hour endurance time, the following day at the Base.