Parrot, one of the pioneers in the drone space and a major supplier of drones worldwide, recently won a contract with the Swiss Armed forces to provide micro drones as part of the “Swiss Mini UAV Program” (Swiss MUAV).
Parrot reported that their ownership and expertise of the senseFly division – known for their iconic eBee fixed wing – was helpful in getting the contract, and builds upon a previous contract with the United States Army for a similar offering.
Military contracts for small drones produced by commercial manufacturers are becoming more common as proof of concept and testing phases end. “…this new contract underlines the quality of the technological innovations developed by Parrot and its leading position in the civil drone market,” says the company release.
The following is a Parrot press release.
Parrot, Europe’s leading drone Group, has been chosen to equip the Swiss Armed Forces with micro-drones as part of the ” Swiss Mini UAV Program” (Swiss MUAS) call for tender against major civilian UAV players.
Parrot’s expertise in professional drones, the performance of its solutions dedicated to Defence and Security, and the high level of cyber security required by the Swiss armed forces were decisive assets in the final choice.
The call for tender launched at the beginning of 2019 by armasuisse, the federal procurement agency responsible for the Swiss Armed Forces, is intended to get the right cost-effective training aids for the troops to become familiar with Mini UAV operations.
The safety of people and military personnel, as well as knowledge of the terrain, can be significantly enhanced and easily deployed thanks to the high-performance, light and evolving drones developed by Parrot.
Product specifications, quantities and prices are not disclosed. This structuring project marks a new step forward for the Parrot Group in the field of security and defense on which the Group has been working since 2018. On this occasion, the Group will be working with its subsidiary senseFly, which will be in charge of operational support in Switzerland.
Although the financial impact of this project will not be significant on the Group’s results, this new contract underlines the quality of the technological innovations developed by Parrot and its leading position in the civil drone market. It adds up to the development contract signed with the United States Army in May 2019 for the new generation of compact drones, dedicated to the surveillance of the SRR (Short Range Reconnaissance) program. These advances confirm the excellence of the Group’s R&D and testify to the quality of its strategy and positioning, particularly in the professional sectors and especially in the Defense and Security sectors.
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