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Introducing Drone Defence’s new Chief of Intelligent Electronics

Drone Defence Chief of Intelligent Electronics

Back in January 2022, Richard Canale joined Drone Defence, as Chief of Intelligent Electronics.

We caught up to find out a bit more about Richard and to see how he’s found things since joining the company…

Let’s start of with a bit of insight into your background

I served in the military (Royal Signals) for 24 years as an Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems Operator and latterly as a Traffic Officer Electronic Warfare. I retired from the Army in 2014, with a career that was split between conventional Electronic Warfare roles and Counter Terrorism taskings with the Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal teams, as an electronic counter measures operator. Since then, I have performed several roles such as Product Manager, EW Consultant and finally, Bids and Proposals Manager.

What interested you about joining Drone Defence?

This is an exciting opportunity, with an emerging technology. Richard our CEO has an amazing vision of what we can offer our communities and how we can achieve this. Challenge accepted!

What will your new role entail?

As the Chief of Intelligent Electronics, I will be looking after the day-to-day activities of the engineering design team. This is anything from reviewing and assessing associated partner products, building our proprietary designed domes, to delivering robust and repeatable capability verification and validation, prior to delivery to our valuable customers.

How do you think radio frequency (RF) drone detection will impact the industry?

The ability to passively detect and track drones will enable freedom for legitimate users to utilise this technology for the greater good. The passive detection capability increases situational awareness and provides a management function, much like that of conventional airspace management. With this, we can reduce public safety concerns and allow other industries to take advantage of the freedom that drone technology can bring.

 And what is it you’re most proud of in your career?

That’s a pretty difficult one to answer, as I’ve been fortunate to have had a varied and fun career with many high points. That said, it would have to be the award of The Bronze Star Medal by the United States Army for my work in Iraq, as part of the Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell (CEXC – yes that is pronounced sexy!).

Fun question – do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

My hobbies are motorcycles, or to be more exact ‘Penelope the Panigale’! A recent addition to my endless love of Ducati motorcycles, I’m the proud owner of a Ducati Panigale V4 and will be taking her to the nearest race track when the weather gets better. I’m a bit of a fixer upper; and spend my spare time either, sanding, painting or polishing things to make them work or look better than they were. I also have a 1971 MGB GT (Ruby) who needs all my hidden talents to keep her on the road!

And finally, in another life, would you have done anything differently?

I’d do it all again! I always wanted to join the Army and was lucky to be able to achieve this, and have a full career where I have met some amazing people who have made me the person I am today.

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