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Sierra Nevada, IAI to Collaborate On VTOL Tactical UAV

US Based Sierra Nevada company owned by Turkish businessman Fatih Özmen signed a collaboration agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries at Farnborough Air Show. Two companies aim to support development of a new tactical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL ) Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) for the US market.

Companies will join their forces to sell VTOL UAVs for special mission applications in the US tactical UAV market over the next decade. Sierra Nevada will be the prime contractor, responsible for the overall system integration, and marketing and sales in the USA.

The two companies will design and build a VTOL UAV that would give units positioned forward in the field the ability to fly intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions without needing access to a runway.

IAI has experience building about a dozen different drones, including the Panther, a fixed-wing UAV that can tilt its rotors to take off and land vertically. Sierra Nevada's UAV hardware and software expertise includes command-and-control, manned-unmanned teaming, visualisation and airspace management, and de-confliction technologies – much of that knowledge coming from the company's acquisition of Kutta Technologies in 2015.


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