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Teal Drones to Deliver Over 100 Teal 2 UAS to CBP

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Teal Drones to Deliver Over 100 Teal 2 UAS to CBP

Red Cat Holdings has announced that Customs and Border Protection awarded its Teal Drones subsidiary a $1.8 million contract for Teal 2 unmanned aerial systems.

Teal Drones will provide 106 Teal 2 units, spare parts and training services to U.S. Border Patrol officials using the UAS for supplemental reconnaissance, surveillance and tracking missions. The single-source contract was awarded a year after CBP ordered 54 Teal drones under a $1 million contract.

The contract is part of a five-year, $90 million blanket purchase agreement awarded in December 2021, Red Cat said Wednesday.

Teal 2 is a military-grade small UAS equipped with a Teledyne FLIR Hadron 640R sensor, which provides high-resolution thermal imaging. It is also equipped with artificial intelligence, electro-optical and infrared imaging and ISR technologies that deliver real-time critical information.

The drone, which the U.S. defense sector is also using for various missions, has a 10,000 ft maximum flight ceiling, a 30-minute flight time and a 23 mph top speed.

In August, the Defense Logistics Agency awarded Teal Drones a $2.6 million purchase order for 172 Teal 2 drones, spare parts and training for the U.S. Air Force Security Forces. The DLA contract comes after the Defense Intelligence Unit added Teal 2 to its Blue UAS list.

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