Defense / Military

SkySafe MM2 System400x275SkySafe has announced it raised $30 million in a Series B investment to help further accelerate the company’s growth to expand production of its airspace security system for commercial adoption. The investment was led by Kingfisher Investment Advisors, with participation from new investors Gaingels and Castor Ventures. The company said it has raised $45 million in total financing.

 

DeDrone Preakness400x275Counter-drone systems maker Dedrone has announced closing a $30.5 million Series C financing round, led by Axon. The company said the funding comes on the heels of a strong year of growth, with more than 1,000 sensors sold, and a system that can now detect, identify, and locate more than 200 different drone types.

 

Liteye Spyglass400x275Liteye Systems, which develops counter-drone systems, has announced that the U.S. Army will be the first customer of its Spyglass 3D Radar as part of a multi-mission, multi-domain defense solution. Liteye said the Spyglass 3D Radar is designed and manufactured by Numerica Corporation, based in Fort Collins. The company also said production orders are now being accepted, with delivery beginning in Q2 2022, with the U.S. military taking priority deliveries.

 

SilentArrow400x275Silent Arrow, which develops autonomous cargo drone technologies, has announced that the U.S. Air Force awarded the company a contract for the delivery of 15 Silent Arrow drones that will be reconfigured as an autonomous cargo delivery glider.

 

DeDrone Preakness400x275Robotics Data, a robotics analytics and consultant firm and strategic partner of Robotics World, has announced a new report providing details on the counter-drone systems market. Also known as counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS), the market includes equipment and software that allows organizations and governments to detect drones that may be threatening their airspace or facilities.

 

CleoDronutX1 400x275Cleo Robotics, which has developed a stable and highly maneuverable ducted bi-rotor drone, has announced the availability of the Dronut X1, aimed at law enforcement, industrial inspection, construction and defense use cases. The company’s patented thrust vectoring technology has made the hyper-efficient ducted fan design stable in flight. The Dronut’s completely enclosed propellers enable the X1 to safely bounce off objects and people, and is a fraction of the size of similarly featured drones.

 

Elbit RoboteamROOK 400x275Elbit Systems and Roboteam have announced ROOK, a multi-payload military 6x6 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that features a new design and built-in autonomy suite for higher capacity, improved maneuverability and on-field agility for greater mission effectiveness.

 

AgileX BunkerPro400x275China-based AgileX Robotics recently launched the Bunker Pro, a tracked-type unmanned ground vehicle (AGV) that boasts high off-road mobility and IP67 protection. The robot platform is designed to expand robotics application for challenging terrain, including soft soil, steep grades, puddles, and box culverts, allowing roboticists to deploy applications such as inspections, exploration, ordnance disposal, video shooting, and unmanned transportation.

 

NearEarth DroneDelivery400x275Near Earth Autonomy and L3Harris Technologies have announced a successful demonstration of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that can autonomously deliver life-saving blood and other medical supplies hundreds of miles away from operational bases to medics in the field.

 

VeteransMuseum400x275Badger Technologies, which develops retail automation systems through autonomous robots, has announced a collaboration with TrackTik Software to automate manual security checks at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM) in Columbus, Ohio. A pilot program us using Badger’s PatrolBot autonomous robot and TrackTik software to augment the museum’s 24/7 security team, safeguard world-class exhibits and offer an extra measure of protection to museum visitors and staff.

 

SaildroneFunding400x275Saildrone, which develops ocean data, mapping, and maritime intelligence solutions, has announced closing a $100 million Series C funding round, bringing its total funding to $190 million. The company said new funding will be used to grow its data insight teams and scale go-to-market functions to meet rapidly growing demand for ocean domain intelligence.

 

CitadelFamily400x275Citadel Defense announced it has expanded their intelligence and counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS, or counter-drone) with a suite of new solutions under the Titan brand. The family of C-UAS solutions are designed to keep the U.S. military ahead of the threat curve through industry-leading autonomy, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.

 

FLIR IONM640x 400x275Teledyne FLIR has announced the launch of its ION M640x tactical unmanned aerial system (UAS). The American-designed, developed and manufactured UAS builds on the capabilities of the ION M440, and aims to provide military and other government customers with best-in-class capabilities for their unique missions.

 

ShieldAI VBAT400x275Shield AI, which uses self-driving software to enable teams of robots to oeprate in GPS- and RF-denied environments has announced that its Martin UAV division successfully flew its V-BAT unmanned aircraft system (UAS) on numerous missions with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Portland (LPD 27), including a flight where the V-BAT crew demonstrated the aircraft’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) capability by using the system to successfully link sensor to target in less than three minutes from receipt of tasking.

 

RedTail RTL 450 400x275RedTail LiDAR Systems, which develops microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) mirror-based light detection and ranging (lidar) technology, has announced delivering six lidar systems to the 707th Ordnance Company, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The systems will provide Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians an opportunity to assess how lidar can be used to enhance their operations.

 

Citadel Titan DF 400x275Citadel Defense has announced it received three new counter unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) contracts from the U.S. government for their newest product, Titan Drone Finder (Titan DF). The latest solution allows operators to track drones, their flight path, and autonomously neutralize threats that cross a user-defined alert zone.