Deployable SAR integrated Chain
with Unmanned Systems

DARIUS Brochure


FP7/2007-2013 - 4th Call of the Security Theme, unmanned search and rescue solutions, Integration Project.

Project Description

ADARIUS aims at providing unmanned platforms for search and rescue operations. While everaging the results of these previous or on-going projects, DARIUS will put effort on the aspects that have not or little been covered for the use of the unmanned systems in SAR operations, namely to enhance the interoperability performances at procedural and technical levels. In summary the use of Unmanned systems in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations to enhance first responder capabilities and intervene in hazardous areas.

DARIUS will leverage previous R&D efforts on technologies and possible added-value of unmanned systems for situation awareness to envisage their adaptation and integration in complex multi-national/agency SAR operations.

The number of natural and man-made disasters in the world increases every year. The concentration of population in cities and close to the sea amplifies the effects of these disasters while complicating the response, especially for Search And Rescue (SAR) operations. Meanwhile, the budgets of the first responder agencies are at best stable but more generally tend to decrease. In addition, the threats that the First Responders (FR) face increase due to the hectic land planning and the presence of numerous Seveso sites in the suburban areas. Technical solutions have to be found to multiply the capabilities of response while increasing the protection of the FRs by avoiding to put them in hazardous situations. This priority has been the objective of a large number of R&D projects in the previous years.

Unmanned systems through the numerous military and para-military programs have now reached an acceptable level of maturity. It is therefore an obvious idea to envisage their use in the response to disasters missions and especially to study their integration in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.

The total DARIUS budget yields 10,688,505 €.

Project period: 01/03/2012 - 28/02/2015, 36 months.


1. Interoperability of the unmanned platforms.
2. Seamlessly integrate the unmanned platforms in the command and control loop (i.e. C2/C4I platforms).
3. Provide and demonstrate the necessary communication structure without relying on existing infrastructure.
4. Support the interaction between humans and systems, i.e. FRs, victims, unmanned vehicles and payloads.
5. Develop a Generic Ground Station.
6. Define the capability, deployability and sustainability requirements for future SAR unmanned vehicles.
7. Define and demonstrate operational performance improvements of current deployed solutions.
8. Reduce the cost of unmanned SAR solutions.


1. BAE Systems (Lead partner), UK
2. CASSIDIAN EADS Defense and Security, France
3. DFRC AG, Swirtzerland
4. SKYTEK, Ireland
5. TELINT RTD Consultancy Services Ltd, UK
6. Future Intelligence Ltd, Greece
7. ONERA, France
8. SINTEF, Norway
9. ECA, France
10. NTUA, Greece
11. KEMEA, Greece
12. ECOMED, Belgium
13. NMCI, Ireland
14. CEREN, France

Halpin Centre Participation

The Halpin Centre, Maritime Safety and Security, as part of the Cork Institute of Technology in this project provides world class simulation facilities to validate various DARIUS maritime scenarios.

- WP6 Meeting February 2013: The WP6 meeting in Cork to start working on preliminery trials in NMCI/Cork. The meeting was chaired by NTUA as WP6 leader.
- Simulations to validate various DARIUS maritime scenarios, June 2013.
- 2nd Workshop June 2013.