Britain’s elite equestrian teams are set to benefit from sensor technologies usually used in fighter jets in a bid to improve the competitive performance of horses.
Equus-Sense, the sensor system built for the British Equestrian Foundation by defence and aerospace firm BAE Systems, builds upon technology used to monitor cockpit conditions and air quality in the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.
Horses travelling by plane for international competition can often be adversely affected by the effects of long-haul flights.
The project is part of an ongoing partnership between BAE Systems and government agency UK Sport to improve the experiences of horses being transported to competitions overseas.
The bespoke monitoring unit will allow trainers to measure various environmental factors such as sound, temperature, vibration, humidity, dust levels and oxygen to ensure optimal conditions for horses onboard planes.