Prioria Robotics has been awarded a series of contracts for delivery of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to the US Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF).
Valued at a combined $4.5m, the contracts cover delivery of the company's Maveric UAS to REF, thereby positioning the drone as a next generation UAS capability to support soldiers.
The UAS has successfully completed certification by the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) as part of the contract.
Prioria Robotics chief executive officer, Bryan da Frota, said the Maveric UAS will become an instrumental component to meeting the missions as they change and evolve.
"It is our goal to support the warfighter. Having ATEC certifications means that we have a safe and reliable system," Frota said.
Weighing 2.6lb, the Maveric is a lightweight, hand launched or tube launched UAS, and is designed for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and tracking, as well as day / night operations.
Capable of fully autonomous operation from launch to landing, the UAS can also be manually flown by a human pilot through a joystick, and uses Prioria's proprietary processing platform, Merlin, to enable onboard image processing and vision-based control, thereby reducing reliance on ground control station.
Fitted with the largest number of payload options of any hand-launched UAS, including day, night, short wave infrared, and other customised payloads, Maverick is expected to offer next generation capability at a great value with a low ownership cost.
The Maveric is currently deployed at the Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, Canada and in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
The US Army has shifted its focus to smaller, more rapidly deployable units with the proper equipment to support their combat operations.
The number of units ordered and the contract's delivery schedule remain undisclosed.