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FSP advised Operational Solutions on acquisition of Nexus Nine for Enhanced C-UAS

The team at Field Seymour Parkes led by Corporate Partner Penelope Garden has advised longstanding client Operational Solutions Ltd (OSL) on the successful acquisition of Nexus Nine Ltd, a leading provider of advanced Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) testing and evaluation services. This strategic acquisition marks a significant milestone in OSL’s commitment to enhancing its capabilities and delivering cutting-edge solutions in counter-drone technology.

The acquisition of Nexus Nine by OSL brings together two industry leaders to cement a mission to create safer spaces worldwide. OSL, known for its widespread expertise in supplying an array of drone detection, site security, and automated drone operations solutions, will leverage Nexus Nine’s capabilities to bolster its leading UAS support further.

OSL provides situational intelligence to create safer spaces on the ground and in the air providing innovative solutions based on disruptive technology, such as data fusion and artificial intelligence, to enhance its clients’ operations’ security, safety, and efficiency. With applications in drone detection, drone management, and perimeter security, it aims to enable rapid, responsive approaches that safeguard the public and property.

Established in 2017, Nexus Nine has been at the forefront of advancing the testing and evaluation of uncrewed systems and related equipment. Their solutions span a broad spectrum of Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) and Counter-UAS trials, testing, measurement, training, and more.

Nexus Nine is backed by a wealth of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) accreditations, flying permissions, and a team of industry-recognized experts specializing in civilian and military crewed/uncrewed operations. As a result, the company can swiftly identify cost-effective solutions, establish safety parameters, and craft streamlined programs that validate requirements and showcase advanced capabilities.

Speaking on the acquisition, CEO of Nexus Nine Mick Davidson, said “We are excited to join forces with OSL to continue our mission of enhancing, protecting, and supporting our customers’ capability development. This partnership will allow us to take our expertise in UAS testing and evaluation to new heights and contribute to OSL’s vision of being an industry-leading partner for smart air and ground systems.”

Mark Legh-Smith, CEO of Operational Solutions Ltd, added, “The acquisition of Nexus Nine marks a significant step in OSL’s journey to provide innovative solutions that protect critical infrastructure and ensure the responsible use of UAS technology. Together, we can advance the field of UAS and C-UAS technology, all while delivering exceptional solutions for our clients.”

The acquisition of Nexus Nine by Operational Solutions signifies a promising future for both organizations, which will lead to the development of groundbreaking technologies and services in uncrewed aircraft operations. OSL remains committed to delivering excellence in drone detection and security solutions to its clients, and this acquisition strengthens that commitment.