PRESS RELEASE: 04.02.2017


Four RECCO SAR detectors are currently placed in the Swiss and Italian Alps. The detector is a smaller and lighter version of the original RECCO helicopter search and rescue detector that gives popular outdoor regions an efficient tool to search for missing people year-round. Eleven additional detectors are planned for the Alps and Scandinavia.

The four detectors currently in operation are located at:
– Air-Glaciers, Sion, covering mainly Unter-Wallis in Switzerland.
– Air Zermatt, covering Ober-Wallis in Switzerland and the areas around Matterhorn.
– CNSAS Aosta, covering the Aosta Valley in Italy and the area around Mont Blanc.
– Aiut Alpin Dolomites, covering Alto Adige in Italy.

Eleven additional RECCO SAR detectors will be placed in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Norway and Sweden shortly.

“The RECCO SAR detector is not only useful for rescue missions in high altitude terrain. For us, missing hikers, mushroom pickers e t c, in lower forest areas, are a much bigger and more frequent problem,” says Adriano Favre , President of the rescue organization Soccorso Alpino Valdostano in Aosta Valley. “Each year we spend considerable resources on such rescue missions.”

The latest version of the RECCO SAR detector has gone through a redesign and increased its search performance. The weight is down to 60 kg and the detector has now a cylindrical design with a diameter of 55 cm and it is 40 cm high. The smaller size makes the detector easier to handle. The helicopter crew can, if necessary, transport the detector inside the helicopter during flights to remote search locations, saving which saves time.
The RECCO SAR detector is based on the same technology as the company’s global avalanche rescue system. The helicopter-carried SAR detector has a further improved antenna, providing a wider search footprint on ground (about 200 meter) compared to RECCO’s handheld detector used for avalanche and crevasse rescue. With the SAR detector large areas can be searched with a helicopter – approximately 1 km2 in three to six minutes.
A handful of outdoor brands, such as POC, Haglöfs, Ortovox, Beal, Peak Performance and Dachstein have started integrating RECCO reflectors in selected summer products. This adds to the long list of winter products from more than 200 brands already being equipped with reflectors.

“Our chances to save lives increase dramatically if the victims wear RECCO reflectors in boots or other outdoors equipment” says Bruno Jelk, former rescue manager in Zermatt. “When searching in forest areas and at night, it has previously been almost impossible to locate a missing person from a helicopter. Our only option then has been to employ large search parties and dogs, which is a very slow and labor-intensive method. With the new RECCO SAR detector new opportunities to use helicopters in the search are opened.”

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RECCO® is an avalanche rescue system utilized by more than 800 rescue organizations worldwide to facilitate the rapid location of burials. The two-part system consists of a detector used by organized rescue groups and reflectors that are integrated into apparel, helmets, protection gear or boots. Together they enable directional pinpointing of a victim’s precise location using harmonic radar but are not a substitute for a transceiver. Complementary in function, the system is an additional tool that does not interfere with avalanche dogs, transceiver searches or probe lines. The RECCO® system facilitates a faster organized search and increases the chance of being found in time. RECCO AB was founded in 1983 and is owned by its founder Magnus Granhed and the publicly traded investment company Traction AB (listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm). More info on: