Skydio Secures Potential $100M Army SSR Program Contract
The U.S. Army has awarded drone manufacturer Skydio a potential five-year, $99.8 million firm-fixed-price production other transaction contract for the Short Range Reconnaissance program of record.
Skydio will provide the X2D, an autonomous drone that can perform reconnaissance, search and rescue and security patrol missions. It is equipped with the Skydio Autonomy software, duel optical thermal sensors, GPS-based night flight and strobe lighting. The drone also has a maximum flight time of 35 minutes on a single battery, is capable of autonomous 3D data capture and can spot personnel and equipment using artificial intelligence.
Over 30 small unmanned aerial system SSR vendors submitted their proposals, and five systems were tested in partnership with the Defense Innovation Unit. The Army made its decision based on soldier feedback and design review packages, Skydio said Tuesday.
Adam Bry, CEO of Skydio, said civilian drone technology is in a good position to support the Army and other military branches. According to Bry, the SSR program will allow soldiers access advanced capabilities for drones under 20 pounds. He added that the company’s offerings will provide situational awareness and ease of use even in demanding situations.
Skydio manufactures light drones that can support military, government and commercial uses. It is headquartered in Redwood City, California.
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