Defense / Military

SaildroneSurveyor400x275Saildrone has announced that its uncrewed, autonomous Saildrone Surveyor was expected to arrive in Hawaii after a groundbreaking maiden voyage from San Francisco to Honolulu. While its autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) have performed ocean crossings before, the Surveyor is a new, larger class of vehicle optimized for deep-ocean mapping.


ParrotANAFI400x275Parrot, a Paris-based drone manufacturer, has announced that its ANAFA Ai is the first drone to use 4G as its main data link between the drone and the operator. The drone will be available in the second half of 2021 through its enterprise partners and other drone reseller networks.


DeepTrekker400x275Canadian-based Deep Trekker has announced a new submersible remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the Pivot, which aims to strike a perfect balance between size and power for underwater robotics. Equipped with six strong thrusters powered by lithium ion batteries, the Pivot gives users stability, power, speed and control in a portable package.


MattGaston400x275Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has announced a new research division dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) engineering, and named Matthew Gaston as its director. The new division will focus on research in applied AI and the engineering questions related to the practical design and implementation of AI technologies and systems.


ARM ProjectCall400x275The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute has published its latest “Special Call for Technology Projects”, which aim to address specific needs in the manufacturing industry and support the Department of Defense. ARM Institute Members are free to submit proposals, which are due on June 28, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET.


WarehouseDLA400x275Robotic Research has announced it was awarded a contract by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to develop an unmanned autonomous guided vehicle (AGV), which will tow loaded carts inside and outside of warehouses. In addition to supporting potentially more than 570 warehouses across 20 storage sites, a successful deployment could have broader applications in the warehousing and storage sector for commercial and military customers, the company said.


ThayerMahan400x275ThayerMahan, which develops autonomous maritime security solutions, has announced its acquisition of Wingman Defense, an artificial intelligence startup based in Park City, Utah. The acquisition will help the company to apply machine learning tools to help customers in government and industry monitor the safety and security of ports, harbors and other marine areas.


FLIR Centaur400x275FLIR Systems has announced it received more than $70 million in new orders for its advanced ground robots from the U.S. military, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. The military branches placed orders for nearly 600 of the company’s Centaur robots, including additional spares, antennas, and payload mounting kits. The U.S. Army awarded FLIR a $31.6 million contract increase for its Man Transportable Robot System Increment II (MTRS Inc. II) program. FLIR said the new award raises the ceiling value of the original contract from $158 million to $190 million.


TeleRobUGVs400x275AeroVironment, which develops intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, has announced it was granted clearance from the German government for its previously announced acquisition of Telerob Gesellschaft für Fernhantierungstechnik mbH (Telerob), in a $45.4 million (€37.5 million) cash transaction. This includes a payoff of about $9.4 million (€7.8 million) in Telerob’s debt at closing, with Telerob now operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of AeroVironment.


uAvionix 400x275Montana-based uAvionix, which develops communication, navigation, and surveillance solutions for unmanned aircraft systems, has announced that its ping200X Mode S ADS-B OUT Transponder for UAS has received Technical Standard Order (TSO) certification from the FAA. The ping200x is designed for low-size, weight and power (SWaP) avionics, and is now certified for use on civil and defense manned and unmanned aircraft, the company said.

Sarcos merger400x275Sarcos Robotics, which develops robots and exoskeleton systems that augment humans for productivity and safety, has announced it will become publicly listed through a merger transaction with Rotor Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The transaction is expected to provide the company with up to $496 million of proceeds before expenses to fund business plans, facilitate potential bolt-on acquisitions, and enhance capabilities.

Aerobotix missile 400x275Aerobotix, a robotics integrator and metrology company, has announced it is now operational with a next-generation hypersonic missile production line. The line uses robotics to scan, sand, paint and measure complex missile components to achieve the critical tolerances required for hypersonic flight.

PeratonAndrosSpartan400x275Peraton Remotec, a new subsidiary launched by Peraton, has introduced its Andros Spartan Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) System, designed for military, defense and security missions. The platform is based on the previous Andros F6 series of platforms, with updated features to improve its lift reach and user interface improvements. 

Aerobotix ARM 400x275The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute has announced a collaboration with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) on four new technology projects, selected from the institute’s new Directed Project Call process. The AFRL will invest $2.3 million in these projects over the next 18 months.

SkydioX2 400x275Axon, which develops connected public safety technologies, has announced partnering with Skydio, a leading U.S. drone manufacturer, to offer autonomous drones to law enforcement and emergency responders. As a Skydio Elite Partner, Axon will be the exclusive reseller and digital evidence management partner of Skydio’s products to public safety globally.

ArcturasJump20 400x275AeroVironment, which develops unmanned aircraft systems, has announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Arcturus UAV, was awarded a competitive task order valued at approximately $7 million from the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The task order is for a one-year period, which started on Feb. 3, 2021