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Parrot Selected by the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) as a major drone supplier for the U.S. Government

By Eric Van Rees - 2nd September 2020 - 06:55

Parrot, the European drone group, announced its selection in the Blue sUAS programme by the U.S. Army and the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU).

The DIU is a Department of Defense organisation that accelerates commercial technology for national defense.

The Blue sUAS programme is a spin-off of the Short-Range Reconnaissance (SRR) programme launched by the Army and DIU in April 2019. The Blue sUAS drone development effort was organised in response to increased government-wide demand for secure and ultraportable drones that could be used for a variety of military and federal applications.

Blue sUAS: A robust and trusted domestic UAS industrial base for the U.S. Army

Parrot is currently one of two finalists of the SRR project, with delivery of a production-ready SRR drone scheduled by the end of 2020. Parrot’s work for the SRR project confirmed to the DIU that the company is capable of meeting the outstanding and proven security, performance, scalability and ease-of-use requirements in its initial solutions designed for the U.S. Army.

Following the initial phases of the SRR programme, the DIU launched the Blue sUAS (Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems) effort to address high demand for trusted, secure, ultraportable, rapidly deployable, inexpensive and U.S.-manufactured drones for deployment in U.S. military, federal agencies and government operations.

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