The heightening Nordic focus on soldier protection has spurred the region’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) manufacturers to prioritize developing sophisticated micro-technologies.
Nordic nano-UAS producers Prox Dynamics and CybAero are taking a somewhat different route to that of larger global competitors, which are developing more offensive UASs. The two companies are designing and producing smaller, unarmed nano-UASs that are virtually invisible, silent and difficult to neutralize.
Prox Dynamics’ nano-sized Black Hornet, which has been developed in cooperation with the state-funded Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (NDRE), already has been sold to the British and Norwegian armies.
CybAero also has been investing heavily to produce more sophisticated macro-sized UASs with more nano-technology content. The Swedish company formed a strategic helo-UAS partnership with U.S.-based AeroVironment in November 2012.
“We have found the ideal partner,” said CybAero CEO Leif Erlandsson. “AeroVironment has delivered over 22,000 hand-operated fixed wing [UASs]. Eighty-five percent of all [UASs] used by U.S. armed forces are supplied by AeroVironment. Our cooperation agreement covers the United States, NATO and a number of other markets.”
Under the agreement, AeroVironment will use CybAero’s current product APID 60 in the UAS systems it sells to the U.S. military.
Image courtesy of Prox Dynamics.