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MILREM'S AUTONOMOUS GROUND VEHICLE SUCCESSFULLY PASSES FIRST SET OF MILITARY TESTS
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
TALLINN, Estonia - Milrem has announced that its unmanned ground vehicle passed rigorous tests by the Defence Forces Logistics Battalion during Spring Storm (Kevadtorm), a simulated battlefield event. Soldiers tested the Milrem vehicle for three days, using it mainly for transporting equipment and materials; something that is typically done manually or with bigger vehicles.

The THeMIS UGV can be customized to carry out different operations. The UGV carries supplies that previously needing to be transported manually. This eases the burden of soldiers in the field.

With the sector for unmanned ground vehicles slated to grow exponentially, Milrem cites the U.S. Army initiative Squad Maneuver Equipment Transport (SMET). This program partners the Army with industry to develop requirements and capabilities for enabling robots to haul a squad of soldier gear for a 72-hour patrol.

THeMIS will be used in environments where sending in a person would be dangerous or in working environments that are difficult for a human to reach. The benefit of THeMIS is modularity. All devices have been installed inside the tracks, leaving the middle platform free for different superstructures.

Development of Milrem's THeMIS takes place in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Forces of Estonia. Milrem also cooperates with several Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian universities and companies.

Source:  Milrem
Associated URL: http://milrem.ee/en
Source Date: May 25, 2016
Posted: 05/26/2016

 
 
AEROLIFT EXPRESS INVITED TO BRAZIL TO MEET WITH CONTRACTOR ABOUT UNMANNED OFFSHORE TRANSPORT
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Source: Aerolift eXpress

HOUSTON - Valmie Resources' joint venture partner, AeroLift eXpress, has been invited to Brazil to meet with the president of a contracting company regarding unmanned offshore transport. The contractor supports major providers throughout Latin America and has shown interest in adding AeroLift to its portfolio.

"We are enthusiastic about introducing our military grade vehicles and systems to this company at our upcoming presentation in Rio de Janeiro," said James Stafford, AeroLift eXpress CEO and Founder. "This is one of several companies that have demonstrated interest in collaborating with AeroLift to support offshore deliveries and to provide other unmanned aerial services."

"This opportunity arose from meetings that took place during the debut of AeroLift at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston," said Gerald B. Hammack, President and CEO of Valmie Resources. "Judging from the response to AeroLift’s technological breakthrough, we expect accelerated growth of this company that is such a good fit in an industry that welcomes cost savings and inventive solutions."

Operated by former U.S. military pilots, AeroLift’s economical transport platform is a practical alternative over high priced helicopter or marine delivery. Stafford says Aerolift’s drone technology can successfully operate in any conditions where a helicopter can fly, at a fraction of the cost and with no risk to human life."

AeroLift eXpress has the capability to deliver a sizeable payload of up to 14 pounds within an operating radius of 250 miles, with plans to increase the payload size to as much as 80 pounds in subsequent development phases.

Source:  Valmie Resources
Associated URL: http://valmie.com
Source Date: May 26, 2016
Posted: 05/26/2016

 
 
AIR TRACTOR MAKES ENTRY INTO THE UAS MARKET - ACQUIRES YIELD DEFENDER
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Source: Air Tractor

OLNEY, Texas - Air Tractor, Inc. has announced its expansion into the field of unmanned aerial systems. The recent acquisition of Hangar 78 UAV, and its Yield Defender unmanned aerial system (UAS) will create the foundation of Air Tractor's development and visionary integration of unmanned technology to complement its core agricultural and firefighting aircraft lines.

"We have done our research, and it's clear that aggressively investing and further developing unmanned aerial systems into agriculture will enable Air Tractor to remain an industry leader and provide the latest technology to ag producers as UAS capabilities mature and are integrated into the industry," said Jim Hirsch, President of Air Tractor.

In tandem with the purchase, former Hangar 78UAV Managing Partner, Wes Hall has been appointed to Vice President of UAS Technologies to lead integration and further development for Yield Defender.

"We are very passionate about the vision and extremely proud to join the Air Tractor family," said Wes Hall, VP of UAS Technologies. "This acquisition allows us to widen our engineering expertise, reach global markets, offer cutting edge technology, and expand our customer support solutions."

Yield Defender offers true turnkey solutions spanning multiple disciplines to provide customers product, service and data processing in the UAS sector. The Yield Defender provides immediate solutions and implementation of a broad spectrum of UAS capabilities to include, but not limited to mapping, analysis, and thermal imaging.

Air Tractor's diversification and expansion of its product line will position the company to take advantage of the emerging UAS market and growth which are predicted to exceed $82 billion by 2025.

Source:  Air Tractor
Associated URL: http://www.airtractor.com/news/2016/05/air-tractor%C2%AE-makes-entry-uas-market-
Source Date: May 25, 2016
Posted: 05/26/2016

 

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