Martek Marine are pleased to announce the official appointment of Erik van Wilsum as Head of M.A.D.STM, the marine anti-drone system. Erik brings a wealth of insightful knowledge and expertise from a variety of roles ranging across the power electronics and counter UAS industries. His passion for the maritime industry coupled with his experience of product development sets him up for abundant success at Martek.
Recent years have seen a massive advance in drone endurance, range and payload capacity whilst the price has also plummeted, leading to a proliferation of drones expected to reach 12million by 2020. With the recent assassination attempt of the Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the world is now recognising the threat that Martek has been working to counter through drone detection and defeat technologies.
M.A.D.STM detects and identifies commercial drones within a 5+km range, providing GPS positioning of both drone & pilot together with the drone’s speed & heading. Configurable and escalating stage alarms in real time allow the threat level to be assessed in good time.
Once a real drone threat has been established, the system enables a 500m+ electronic ‘exclusion zone’ to be created around the yacht. Should the drone approach this exclusion zone, its control/video signal will be blocked, initiating its fail-safe mode forcing it to land or return to its operator.
Erik will lead this market-dominating counter-drone technology at a time where the threat of drones is a global reality. “I’m looking forward to leading this pioneering system which will be pivotal in countering the current undefendable threat drones have on privacy invasion, intellectual property and crew welfare. The technology and team behind M.A.D.STM are focused on providing the best-in-world system to target the present drone threat. My aim is to demonstrate M.A.D.STM capabilities as the market leading counter drone technology for the superyacht, maritime and port industries”, says Erik.
About Martek Marine:
Martek Marine offers disruptive innovation to improve safety, welfare and performance on superyachts & commercial ships. Founded in 2000 the Martek Group is now a global business with 70+ staff in the UK and Singapore supplying services to >80 countries.
Further information can be found by visiting www.martek-marine.com