World leading search and rescue program.  

The Little Ripper Lifesaver has been in operation since 28th February 2016.

Over the last five years the Little Ripper Lifesaver has become a world leading search and rescue program representing the next evolution in coastal safety, with the ability to rapidly identify and respond to incidents with specialised unmanned aircraft.

Little Ripper offer a suite of sophisticated and multi-rotor UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Drones) tailored for search, rescue and lifesaving operations.

Little Ripper UAV’s have been developed specifically to save lives. The Little Ripper Lifesaver rescue fleet can deploy a variety of rescue devices, sound alerts to swimmers in danger, live-stream data back to control centres in ultra-low latency, detect sharks, and drop sea-marker dye to track objects or people in the water.  Little Ripper rapid response teams can react quickly and get to swimmers fast and efficiently to save lives.

World First Australian Technology

Ripper Corp partner with Advanced Navigation in a world first to simultaneously fly multiple drones along a 1000 km stretch of Australia’s coastline.

World’s First Recorded Drone Surf Rescue

The Little Ripper Lifesaver performed the world’s first drone surf rescue in stormy seas off the coast of Lennox Head, NSW, Australia on 18 January 2018.

Sharkspotter World’s First AI enabled Shark detection system for UAV

The Ripper Tech team have worked closely with our research partners, University of Technology (UTS) to develop an Artificial Intelligence (Ai)system for our Little Ripper Lifesaver drones to enable the detection of a variety of marine threats with high accuracy, in real-time. Ripper Sharkspotter can detect sharks.

Crocspotter World’s First AI enabled Crocodile detection system for drones

This technology allows for faster reaction times to potential threats at beaches and water ways. Crocspotter has been developed by The Ripper Group in partnership with UTS, Amazon Web Services and Surf Life Saving Queensland.  

Little Ripper Lifesaver UAV (drone)

The Little Ripper Lifesaver UAV has been fully customised with the addition of Ripper’s unique Custom Payload Delivery System (CPLS), which enables the drone to carry and deploy rescue equipment. This system has seen the Little Ripper UAVs quickly become the go-to device for UAV search and rescue operations.

The Little Ripper Lifesaver has been designed to enable flexible customisation allowing operators to quickly swap between a suite of deployable payloads to provide support and lifesaving rescue pods to those in need.

Little Ripper Marine Rescue Pods

  • 2 person
  • 4 person
  • The Little Ripper can carry 2 marine rescue pods, which can be deployed from the pilot controls. 
  • Can auto-inflate when deployed into the water, providing a cylindrical target with grab handles
  • Is made of the highest quality to meet international standards
  •  Can be reused and repacked


Little Ripper Land Rescue Pods

  • First AID / Medium
  • First AID / Large


Little Ripper Snow Pod

  • First AID + Space Blanket / Medium
  • First AID + Space Blanket / Large
Additional Options
  • Epirb GPS locator fitted to Little Ripper rescue pods
  • LED Laser Flare
  • The Little Ripper has a one-way microphone alert
  • Customised audio files contain 4 messages in 3 languages
  • The pilot can speak to the patient
  • The siren can be activated from the drone
  • The Little Ripper Sea Marker Dye Deployment system enables operators to quickly identify areas with the use of SAR-approved sea marker dye. Drop dye packs can mark locations and gauge currents.
  • This means operators can manoeuvre any UAV in the fleet into a position where they believe someone went missing, or where a water hazard has been identified.
  • Then operators can release a sea marker dye unit to ascertain which way the water is flowing or maintain a visual reference point in the water.
  • This practice has been used in manned aviation search and rescue operations for centuries.
  • Using Little Ripper UAVs to accurately drop the dye units can be more efficient and enables joint manned and unmanned aviation operations in time-critical situations.
  • The Little Ripper Lifesaver can carry 2 dye sachets which are deployed separately.

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