Uncrewed aerial systems and vehicles

UAS/UAV (e.g. Drones) are changing the way organisations operate and we can help you transform too.

UAS/UAV are changing the way organisations operate and we can help you transform too. Our team’s mission is to support you as you work to adopt and exploit these new technologies.

Stuart Keenan, Head of UAS Centre of Excellence

At Frazer-Nash, we know that many organisations, like yours, are looking to Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) and Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAV), also known as drones, to improve efficiency, safety, and productivity.

The possibilities are endless. We can support you from the very early stages of adoption, helping you to understand your needs and the best options for you, to the development and testing of a UAS or UAV capability that meets your goals. Then, as you capture data, we can help you fully understand and intelligently exploit this.

Whatever your particular scenario, we know that our systems, engineering and technology expertise can provide you with a game-changing UAS or UAV capability. So, whatever your stage of the adoption life cycle, we can help you realise your ambitions.

We can help you understand your business and how drones can add value.

With our optimal expertise, we can work with you to determine what intelligence or data you need to improve what you do, and how you can best capture and exploit it.

We can support you to look at the costs and performance of different UAS and UAV systems and consider the optimum ways of achieving your goals.

The insight we provide can help you to meet your goals and help you benchmark various options as part of your decision making process.

We’ve already done this for a number of organisations, including a government department that looked to us to provide clarity and insight on costs and performance in support of their UAS programme.

We can work with you to scale up your UAS operations.

We can help you build on your UAS or UAV operations intelligently – maximising your resources.

We have supported national organisations to develop a clear UAS strategy and governance model to achieve more from their UAS capability.

You might have a clear view of a UAS capability that you’re confident will transform your organisation and we can help you quickly test your big ideas.

We can apply our agile systems approach to visualise, rapidly develop and test a capability that will meet your needs, proving the potential in your big ideas. For example, we developed a bespoke high-speed modular UAS for a national security client – enabling them to deliver specialist payloads, and to undertake complex object tracking using embedded artificial intelligence.

We can help you operate over large distances.

Maybe you need to operate over long distances or cover large areas, overcoming the regulatory challenges associated with these types of operation. Here, we can look at novel and safe ways you can achieve what you need.

We have experience of developing beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) safety cases and applying approaches to safely use autonomy. For example, we’ve used our expertise to develop leading remote overhead line and sub-station inspection capability.

We can work with you to move payloads from A to B.

With extensive experience in supporting humanitarian aid, we can work with you to improve your logistics.

As an example, we developed a humanitarian aid delivery drone that could be launched in swarms from transport aircraft.

In addition to the drone design, we developed the air vehicle, a aerial deployment system, a certification roadmap, the operational concept, and ground-based logistical elements!

We can help you deliver multi system mission management expertise.

We are delivering an intelligent routing and planning system for autonomous vehicles, which has the real-time intelligent capacity to adapt to previously undetected obstacles.

With our considerable expertise in safety and regulations, we can also support compliance and help you assure autonomy  – ensuring your licence to operate and helping protect your reputation. 

We have recently led a consortium of industry experts to develop safety argument structures for assuring the safety of a system that ‘thinks for itself’.


When working with us, we tailor our services to meet your requirements. With an unrivalled breadth of expertise in Frazer-Nash – and our ability to transfer the very best knowledge and experiences from one industry to another – there’s always someone, somewhere in Frazer-Nash who has the answer to your unique problem.

Stuart Keenan, Head of UAS Centre of Excellence

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Frazer-Nash is a member of Comit2Drones

Comit2Drones works for the benefit of its members to address the challenges and opportunities of operating drone technology in a construction environment. It aims to transform the industry and expand the market, creating a better and sustainable future for all its members

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Our support includes:

  • Concept development and visualisation, including option assessments, feasibility studies and operational modelling
  • Technology road mapping and techno economic assessments (TEA)
  • Agile design and development of hardware and software, including autonomy and swarming control, certification, trial planning and delivery and training
  • Integration of next generation systems
  • Safety case development (including BVLOS) and certification
  • Fleet management and through-life management including maintenance assessments
  • Data management, software development and human-machine interface (HMI) optimisation
  • Simulated environments including augmented reality, virtual reality and digital twins

 Our expertise:

  • Drone requirements definition
  • UAS design, development, build and test
  • Safety and certification of UAS platforms and operations
  • Software
  • Automation
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).

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