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Drones on Patrol: FLIR Soars with $48-million Defense Contra…

An Oregon-based thermal imaging company may soon help mitigate the dangers of potential nuclear, biological or chemical attacks against the American military. FLIR systems recently announced winning a $48.1 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) in support …

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The Marines’ Plywood Supply Drone takes a Page from DIYers E…

  image: Logistics Gliders It’s not quite a paper airplane drone.  But this DARPA-funded plywood drone is low-cost and disposable – and shows a lot of promise for commercial uses, too. Reminiscent of the wooden construction of the PT boats of WWII,  the drone featured in this video released by …

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Puma Drones Will Enhance Recon for Canadian Navy

The Royal Canadian Navy is sailing a new drone concept to serve as eyes and ears beyond a ship’s horizon. Kingston-class coastal defense ships will deploy Puma fixed-wing drones to provide beyond-visual-line-of-sight intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, a naval release stated. Manufactured by AeroVironment, the drone can stay aloft for two …

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Fortem’s DroneHunter Turns DJI’s M600 Against Its Own

Utah-based Fortem Technologies, which launched in 2016 and now counts Boeing’s HorizonX among its investors, last week demonstrated its counter drone technology for legislators at the Utah State Capitol building in Salt Lake City. The company’s countermeasure combines its SkyDome platform – which provides situational awareness – with the DroneHunter, …

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DroneLife Exclusive: Azur Drones and How they Received the O…

Azur Drones has just announced that they have received the first authorization for Autonomous flight in France.  Started in 2012, Azur makes automated surveillance drones for a variety of applications – and with automation one of the top new technologies in the drone industry, the company is poised to make …

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Pegasus Aerospace Launches Security Drone System That Packs …

Pegasus Aerospace this week announced the launch of its new tactical drone system catering to government agencies, law enforcement and the private-security sector. ShockWave Tactical UAS is designed – according to a company statement – “to enable clients to safely and accurately achieve their missions without risking and endangering first …

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FLIR Comes to a Armed Services Branch Near You

In a separate announcement,  FLIR announced a 39.6 million dollar order to deliver FLIR Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) for the U.S. Army.  This tiny drone will support platoon and small unit level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the initiative named the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) Program. …

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FLIR Deploys Nano Drone with New French Defense Contract

Management at Oregon-based drone company FLIR Systems better brush up on their French. The company just landed an $89 million contract from the French Defense Procurement Agency in support of the French Operational Pocket Drone (DrOP) program. The contract will deploy the company’s FLIR Black Hornet 3 nano-unmanned drone to …

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Three Forces That Shaped the Drone Industry in 2018

Guest post by leading drone industry analyst Colin Snow of Skylogic Research. This was a big year for the commercial drone industry as a whole. It saw a significant increase in the business adoption, the expansion of the FAA’s LAANC program (the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability that provides …

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