Blighter, a company that provides radars, counter-drone solutions and integration software to clients including the UK’s Ministry of Defence and the US’s Department of Defense, has secured a significant growth capital loan from BOOST&Co after adapting its sophisticated equipment for use in the commercial world.

The Saffron Walden-based firm, which also supplies the South Korean government with products that are used to control the country’s border with North Korea, is one of the few specialist providers that can detect consumer drones with the accuracy required by businesses such as airports, nuclear power stations and oil- and gas-processing plants, paving the way to a wider client base.

Shining example of UK tech success

“Drones are great for surveillance, aerial photography and searching for missing people, but they can be dangerous in the wrong hands,” says BOOST&Co’s London-based principal Kim Martin, who led the deal. “Blighter has developed an excellent reputation and is extremely well-placed to supply a neat solution to problems such as the rogue drones that brought Gatwick airport to a standstill in December 2018.”

Some of the funding will be used to improve Blighter’s supply chain, enabling the company to shorten the lead times for its products by buying more modules with long lead-times, to hold in stock. It carries out manufacturing and assembly in the UK, and has the capability to localise the final assembly of products where markets require. “Blighter is a really good example of the UK being at the forefront of developments in engineering design and technology,” Martin says.

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