Airbus Military HC-144A Ocean Sentry (a variant of the CN235) played a key role in the US oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico, which was the result of an explosion aboard a mobile offshore drilling unit in April 2010. The HC-114As participated in the search and rescue efforts for missing workers from the rig and were also used for assessing the dimension of the catastrophe, considered the largest-ever accidental marine oil spill, with a total discharge of around 4.9 million barrels. In addition, 16 of Eurocopter’s US Army National Guard UH-72A helicopters participated in the response.
In January 2010, Airbus Military CN235s from the French Air Force and C295s from the Mexican Navy were among the first aircraft to transport essential supplies and medical personnel following the earthquake in Haiti, which cost over 200,000 lives. The US Coast Guard also used its HC-144A to perform damage assessment missions and coordinate the different aircraft involved. The aircrafts acted as mobile communications command centres, while also using their modern sensor systems to collect intelligence on ground operations and conduct infrastructure surveys.
When Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, struck the US in October 2012, nearly 1,200 of Cassidian Communications’ public safety customers and over 100 private clients throughout the Northeast relied on the company’s solutions and services to keep people safe and informed. Cassidian Communications’ emergency notification systems worked overtime, mobilizing emergency responders, alerting local residents of impending danger and accounting for employees. Likewise, the company’s 911 call taking systems were put to the test, processing millions of storm-related calls.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), based in Vienna, has the charter of monitoring the use of nuclear materials around the world. Following the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan in 2011, IAEA used Cassidian’s notification services to send out hourly updates to all its member countries so that they could ensure that updated facts were being sent to governments and other nuclear regulatory agencies across the globe. Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies in California and Oregon used the same technology to alert local coastal residents of the ripple effect of the tsunami.