The Portuguese navy plans to use drones to help survey the Mediterranean as the European Union steps up efforts to track and rescue thousands of migrants risking often deadly sea crossings from Africa.
Tekever Chief Operations Officer Ricardo Mendes said the company's AR3 Net Ray drones will be based on warships and will take part in missions for EU border protection agency Frontex,
MEndes said the drones are a cheap and effective way of keeping targets in sight even before the ship reaches its destination.
The tide of migrants and refugees traveling to Europe from Africa is on the rise this year and the U.N. refugee agency estimates 1,850 people have drowned or are missing. About 800 died in a single shipwreck in April.
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