BlueBird Aero Systems has been awarded a contract from an undisclosed European customer for new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
The exact value of the contract has not been disclosed but it is reportedly worth tens of millions of euros.
Under the contract, the company will supply more than 150 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS belonging to different categories.
Specifically, BlueBird will provide its WanderB-VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and ThunderB-VTOL UAS.
These autonomous systems have been selected to serve as the end user’s new tactical UAS.
The two UAS will be operated by infantry soldiers, armoured units, artillery corps and special forces.
The aerial systems are known for their performance while offering high operational flexibility.
The WanderB-VTOL Mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and ThunderB-VTOL Tactical UAV provide integrated advantages of a fixed-wing UAV and a multi-copter.
These aerial vehicles feature high speed, longer durability and wind independency, with larger area coverage. They can also glide in the event of engine failure.
The UAS has the potential to take-off and land from confined spaces with a small clearance. The UAVs can hover over a target and perform accurate, safe and damage-free landing.
Additionally, the highly mobile UAS is compact enough to be carried in small cases such as a soldier’s backpack.
A commander of the end user’s ground forces stated: “We are very impressed with BlueBird’s VTOL solutions because they enable high operational flexibility and provide invaluable real-time intelligence and situation awareness.
“These battlefield-proven VTOL solutions will be deployed as part of our modern fighting doctrine and will serve as the troop’s eye in the sky providing advanced and reliable intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities to address the modern battlefield’s key challenges.”