Supply: In the initial stages of Bathawk development, the headquarters in Arusha will organize to supply camps with food, fuel and spares. When multiple pods are located in distant parts of the country, local supply arrangements will be made to source supplies from the nearest town and have a vehicle assigned for this purpose.
Maintenance: The UAVs are light and well designed for use in bush conditions. The maintenance regime is defined by the supplier and will be vetted by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority. BHR and the supplier will depend on having access to spares of all types at all times. The units are modular and parts and subsystems can be changed in and out in short order. Pod personnel will receive intensive maintenance training from the UAV supplier.
Capacity: As the Bathawk Recon program is initiated, the ALO of the first Pods on the ground should be recruited from individuals with a high degree of operational experience. Training and development systems need to be geared to ensure that this expertise is diffused throughout the organization and particularly to Tanzanian nationals in these jobs.
Training: BHR has developed a training course for PCO’s and the manufacturer will implement a more specific training regime. While reconnaissance is ongoing, Pod personnel will have time available for further training. The training schedule will be monitored from the central office as part of the M&E program.