Chemring Energetics UK (CEUK) is working with Vectronic Aerospace, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of GPS collars. The collars are fitted on animals and birds and used by scientists to monitor their movements and habits.
CEUK provides a key component – called a Metron – which safely releases the collar if data needs to retrieved or its battery has to be replaced.
Vectronic Aerospace – which is based in Germany – has supported 80 conservation projects in 50 countries and helped to provide vital information about rare species, including elephants in Sri Lanka and Africa, the Indian rhinoceros found in Nepal, snow leopards in Canada, Japan and the United States, the bearded vulture in Switzerland and Italy, and the black bear in Canada, Japan and the US.
These animals and birds are among the one million animal and plant species which – according to a major United Nations report published earlier this month – face a very real threat of extinction because of the devastating impact of humans on nature.
Metrons are also effective underwater. During tests they have successfully released a collar at a depth of 3000 meters.
We feel privileged to be involved in such important research at such a vital time." Mikhael Dzagoev - Chemring Energetics UK