CROPS® International Special Training Facility - Covert Operations

Training Solutions &
Covert Technical Innovations

The International Special Training Facility for Covert Operations has been a trusted provider of professional surveillance and intelligence gathering programmes since 2011 to Domestic & International Defence, Special Forces, NATO SOF, Law-Enforcement and Allied Government Agencies. We do not provide our training solutions or covert technical innovations to the private sector.

What we do:

ISTF are focused on working alongside small teams enhancing their covert capabilities, within complexed urban and rural environments.

By ‘up-skilling’ end users with specialist techniques, tried & tested tactics and operational planning & procedures, we add significant value to our client’s mission effectiveness.

Based in Hereford at a discreet location sits our award-winning training facility which hosts a fully immersive and secure learning environment, with specifically equipped classrooms & workshops.

ISTF is an enabling platform which allows our subject matter experts to exchange their operational knowledge, to those who select to train with us.

Training Programmes:

We deliver realistic training programmes covering current operational procedures and tactics that have been forged over three decades to be robust and proven.

  • Covert Technical Camera Placements [outdoor]
  • Mimicry, Concealment & CAD Fabrication
  • Target Reconnaissance & Technical Exploitation
  • Low visibility – Natural Cover Operations
  • Surveillance Procedures & Covert Collection
  • Urban & Rural Static Observation
  • Intelligence Through Imagery
  • Non-Attributable Technical Solutions [NATS]
  • Covert Method of Entry
  • Covert Audio & Video Installation [Indoor]

Training Facility:

The international special training facility offers a state-of-the-art purpose-built indoor training platform, we do not believe in multi-tasking training space, so to eliminate this each discipline has its own dedicated learning environment.

  • Theoretical Cell [clean classroom]
  • Technical Cell [clean workshop]
  • Fabrication Cell [dirty workshop]
  • Target Reconnaissance & Capabilities Cell
  • Method of Entry & Exploitation Cell
  • Audio & Video Installation Cell
  • Team Room & Kitchen
  • Discreet Parking on site

To accompany our indoor facilities, we have over 1000 acres of private and secluded outdoor rural training land hosting a variety of planned, and rehearsed exercise venues that support realistic training scenarios, such as Technical Camera Placements, Target Reconnaissance Action and Exploitation.

Covert Technical Innovations:

As an innovative company, we are continually scanning the horizon for emerging technologies to develop operationally, fit-for-purpose Non-attributable Technical Solutions [NATS].

Our NATS technologies are developed in-house by ‘area specific’ engineers to cover a wide spectrum of intelligence gathering devices for cost effective and deniable applications.

For over a decade the ISTF technical cell has conducted research, development, and consultancy to our clients in order to manufacture mission tailored innovations.

We do not just simply build NATS devices, our ethos is that we train our customers to re-create our technologies. This ensures that those working in deniable remits are self-reliant and capable of sourcing, engineering, manufacturing and finally programming intelligence-gathering devices, such as:

  • Audio / video devices
  • Remote switches & triggers
  • Tracking beacons
  • Raspberry Pi projecting
  • RFID & WIFI exploitation
  • Networking exploitation

We are proud of our own intellectual property which we blend with our training solutions, creating mission enhancing training programmes. The International Special Training Facility for Covert Operations is tried and tested, and perfectly positioned to support your learning requirements.

“A gateway to excellence”