DroneShield wins Australian army contract

Australian drone countermeasure company DroneShield (ASX: DRO) has won an Australian army contract to provide portable unmanned aerial system (drone) detection devices. The company, which is listed locally but operates mainly overseas, won a $700,000 tender made up of a combination of an initial purchase price and an annual subscription component. DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik…

$10.6 million drone contract to create 10 jobs at Xtek

Defence supplier Xtek has earned a $10.6 million contract to “provide spare parts, repair, maintenance and support services” for the Australian Defence Force’s fleet of Wasp All Environment drones.   The work will be carried out at a Xtek’s recently-completed Canberra facility, and according to defence industry minister Melissa Price will create an additional 10…

Skyborne Technologies raises cash to fund UAV development

Brisbane UAV maker Skyborne Technologies has raised $5 million (US$2.45) to further commercialisation of its Cerberus GL micro tactical UAV. Cerberus is designed as the world’s lightest armed UAV, weighing only six kilogrammes, with the company targeting the defence and law enforcement market. The capital raised was from a private institutional investor based in Abu…

Emescent’s Hovermap goes on sale

Drone-based inspection and mapping start up Emesent has announced the commercial availability of their revolutionary Hovermap drone payload. The announcement, made at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) in Denver, Colorado, brings advanced autonomy capabilities to the simplest of drones. Hovermap includes a 360 degree capable LiDAR-based collision avoidance system, allowing drones to be flown…