French drone maker Parrot selected to develop spy aircraft for the US military

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Parrot the french drone maker company is one of six companies selected by the US Department of Defense to build short-range reconnaissance aircraft for the American military.

“The United States has always been a major market for the Parrot Group whether it is for our well-known consumer range or our advanced professional offering,” Henri Seydoux, Parrot’s CEO and founder, said in a statement.

“We have always been at the forefront creating advanced, easy to use, compact and reliable drone-based solutions. We also perfectly understand how small unmanned aircraft, such as the Parrot ANAFI platform, has the potential to become a key part of the defense system.”

For Parrot, the contract is a big win. The company has always played second fiddle to DJI, with its Anafi line falling short in almost every way when compared to DJI’s Phantom, Mavic, and Spark models. Although the contract is not all that lucrative for Parrot as a company, it does open doors for the French firm to work more closely with the US military in the future as a trusted DJI alternative.

Parrot is receiving an undisclosed amount of an $11 million fund from the DOD to prototype next-generation reconnaissance drones that can “fly for 30 minutes straight at a range of up to three kilometers, weigh three pounds or less, and take less than 2 minutes to assemble and fit inside a soldier’s standard-issue rucksack.

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