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TAG UAV Helicopter Featured in CBS Network Hit Series "CSI New York"


Hollywood, CA, March 23rd 2005 - In another first for UAV’s and for Tactical Aerospace Group (TAG), this week’s episode of the hit CBS network series, CSI:NY featured a supporting cast member in the form of a TAG UAV helicopter.

The one hour feature episode entitled “The Dove Commission” stars Gary Sinise and Melina Kanakaredes and was directed by Emilio Estevez. The show used a variation of a TAG “C” type UAV helicopter as a member of the elite NYPD TARU unit to perform on-camera maneuvers integral to the story line. The weaponized helicopter represented in the show was fitted out with dual .30 caliber guns, video and thermal vision as well as a laser target acquisition system. The UAV was shown flying through the New York skyline culminating in a firing sequence from outside the 65th floor of a high rise building.

Use of the TAG UAV in media productions allows for the size, scale and payload capabilities to portray or represent any rotary aircraft with realistic flight characteristics and detailed visual representation.

Although fictionalized in this episode with the NYPD, it indicates the very near future as these and other major departments move to integrate the strategic advantages offered by TAG UAVs into their arsenal of tools to avert crime and assist in surveillance, patrols, incident response and homeland defense capabilities.

The remote unmanned helicopter enhances law enforcement aerial capabilities by acting as a force multiplier for their existing airborne assets. This frees the department’s existing helicopters, along with their pilots and flight crews, to concentrate on incidents where human intervention and intelligence is needed on site. The TAG helicopter is also a welcome and viable solution to provide aerial capabilities to departments that could not otherwise afford to acquire and maintain an aircraft contingent.

Sized to be transportable by SUV, trailer or van, the TAG UAV can be deployed in minutes to loiter over an incident or crime scene providing crucial video or thermal imaging intelligence. The helicopter can also act as either a communications repeater or a local WiFi hub to provide full multimedia coverage to all law enforcement personnel in the vicinity by providing a downlink to the local command center and to their vehicles or portable hand-held PDAs carried by each officer.

Tactical Aerospace Group (TAG) manufacturers autonomous and remotely piloted unmanned aerial helicopters and develops or integrates flight control systems, instrumentation and various payload technologies for military, civil, media, surveillance, scientific and research applications.


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