News

DoD funds target small unmanned aerial systems initiative

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) has earmarked $14 million to companies in accordance with efforts to ensure a small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) industrial base.

Officials indicated the allotment via the Defense Production Act would be awarded to Systems and Technology Research LLC DBA STR, Skydio Inc., Shield AI Inc., Auterion Government Solutions, Kutta Technologies Inc., Vantage Robotics LLC and Tomahawk Robotics, Inc.

The initiative seeks to accelerate capable and secure sUAS through Blue UAS, which focuses on increasing DoD access to commercial systems while bolstering the industrial base to disrupt dominance demonstrated in the supply chain by one of the nation’s near-peer adversaries.

“sUAS significantly augment our national defense,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy Jesse Salazar said. “This investment in the defense industrial base is intended to provide critical battlefield capabilities across the spectrum of conflict, including on-demand reconnaissance which augments service members’ capabilities and increases their survivability, lethality and mission flexibility.”

The DoD noted that sUAS provides troops with high-definition imagery and video while reducing the need for troops to compete for scarce centralized assets like large-scale UAS.

Additionally, officials said the technology is used to seek and detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs), clear and map buildings and remove barricaded shooters.

Douglas Clark

Recent Posts

Sens. Peters, Portman, Padilla introduce legislation to improve transparency of federal disaster relief spending

U.S. Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Alex Padilla (D-CA) introduced legislation Wednesday…

3 days ago

Battelle secures Department of State armored vehicle pact

Battelle announced that it has secured a Large Sport Utility Vehicle (LSUV) design contract from…

3 days ago

Reps. Pallone, Doyle praise House cybersecurity legislation passage

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman…

3 days ago

World Health Assembly to draft global agreement to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response

This week, the World Health Assembly announced that it intends to jumpstart a process to…

3 days ago

Soligenix vaccine for Sudan ebolavirus demonstrates 100 percent protection in primate testing

Results from non-human primate testing of a Soligenix, Inc.-developed Bivalent Thermostabilized Filovirus vaccine, released this…

3 days ago

Former congresswoman, former FDA commissioner join Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense

Former U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, a Republican who represented the 5th District of Indiana from…

4 days ago

This website uses cookies.