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Germany, US Bid on NATO Small Drone Program

Germany-based Rheinmetall has teamed with US aviation firm AeroVironment to support NATO’s unmanned aerial systems program.

Under the partnership, the companies sent a proposal to supply tactical drones ordered under a recent NATO procurement effort.

If accepted, Rheinmetall’s Technical Publications segment will work alongside AeroVironment, which specializes in tactical drones and other aviation technology solutions.

NATO’s Future Drone

According to Rheinmetall, the program seeks small drones for infantry applications and special operations.

Required capabilities include functionality across multi-domain environments in all weather. 

Furthermore, each system must have a maximum weight of 10 kilograms (22 pounds), rapid deployment, hand-launch capability, and a range of up to 30 kilometers.

“Rheinmetall and AeroVironment are ideally suited for developing and putting forward a compelling solution,” Rheinmetall said.

“AeroVironment is an industry leader in the design, development and production of unmanned aircraft systems.”

“Its PumaTM 3 AE UAS is in operation with armed forces around the world, while its modular concept offers the optimum platform for a small UAS for special forces.”

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