Drone manufacturing company Parrot has been selected to supply unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to the US Government for military operations and other federal applications.
The company was selected in the Blue sUAS programme by the US Army and the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), a Department of Defense (DoD) organisation.
The Blue sUAS programme is a spin-off of the short-range reconnaissance (SRR) programme launched to expedite the procurement of secure and ultraportable drones for deployment in US military, federal agencies and government operations.
As part of the Blue sUAS programme, Parrot was invited last month to demonstrate its solutions through a virtual event.
In the event, the company unveiled two new tactical reconnaissance drones, ANAFI USA MIL for military forces and ANAFI USA GOV for federal agencies.
The two drones are based on Parrot’s ANAFI USA platform but incorporate additional features to meet the requirements of the US.
Both are manufactured in the US and are equipped with a powerful stabilised 32× zoom, FLIR thermal imaging, 4K HDR video and data encryption and privacy features.
Additionally, ANAFI USA MIL and ANAFI USA GOV use a secure WPA2 Wi-Fi connection for communications.
Both devices have secured authority to operate (ATO) status from the DoD following comprehensive cybersecurity validation testing.
In addition to Parrot, four other companies were selected by the DoD for Blue sUAS programme. They are Vantage Robotics, Skydio, Teal and Altavian.
Founded in 1994, Parrot focuses on delivering commercial drones. The company is headquartered in France.