Elbit Systems UK sponsors epic charity row in aid of PTSD and Parkinson’s disease
Elbit Systems UK has been officially named as a Silver Sponsor of Monkey Fist Adventures’ Brain Waves Challenge – a crew of four who will be rowing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans starting in January. It will also be supplying the team with its operationally proven emergency personal locator beacons (EPLBs), which are in use with several Armed Forces, including the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
In the event of an accident or emergency, an EPLB delivers emergency alerts to the international search and rescue (SAR) satellite ‘constellation’ as well as homing signals to local SAR response assets. This enables the fast and effective rescue of stranded crew and significantly increases the probability of survival. EPLBs operate efficiently in all weather conditions and at a full range of temperatures.
On 6 December, the Brain Waves crew attended a training day at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution College in Poole. During the day they completed a rigorous sea survival training course, which also gave them the opportunity to practise using EPLBs to ensure they understood the technology and are as prepared as possible for this ambitious adventure.
Says Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK: ‘We are hugely honoured to be supporting this inspirational crew as they undertake such a monumental challenge. The incredible bravery of these men and women, determined to make a difference, is an inspiration to all of us; and it felt only right that we helped provide them with the best possible equipment to ensure safe passage.’
Billy Taylor, captain of Monkey Fist Adventures’ Brain Waves Challenge, adds: ‘We would like to thank Elbit Systems UK for their generous support in sponsoring us as we undertake this challenge. We are enormously grateful for the EPLBs they have provided and are glad to be safe in the knowledge that if anything does go wrong we’ve got the best equipment to hand.’
About the Brain Waves Challenge
The Brain Waves Challenge involves a four-person mixed crew rowing a total of 8,500 miles completely unsupported, leaving them at the mercy of unpredictable seas and in extreme weather conditions – creating a unique environment to generate invaluable research data for Parkinson’s disease and PTSD directly from those living with these conditions. Raising money for a number of charity partners, the crew aims to achieve two incredible world firsts: first people to row non-stop, continent to continent, between Australia and Africa, and first woman to row across two oceans in the same year.
About Elbit Systems UK
Elbit Systems UK Ltd (ESUK) holds four wholly owned subsidiaries and two joint ventures. More than 500 personnel are employed by ESUK companies in the UK, in high-tech roles in the defence, aerospace and rail sectors. The two joint ventures were formed in order to deliver the Watchkeeper programme for the British Army, and to supply and support three fleets of aircraft within the UK MoD Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme.
Main Image: Elbit Systems UK CEO Martin Fausset presents Billy Taylor, captain of Monkey Fist Adventures’ Brain Waves Challenge, with an EPLB
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