Sierra Nevada, Israel Aerospace Industries Plan Joint VOTL UAS Offering for US Market

Israel Aerospace Industries and Sierra Nevada Corp. have partnered to jointly develop an unmanned aircraft system with vertical takeoff-and-landing features.

The partnership seeks to offer a tactical VTOL UAS to the U.S. defense market as both companies have observed a demand for unmanned aerial platforms that can support military air operations, IAI said Tuesday.

The joint offering will be designed to help forward-positioned troops perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in austere locations without the use of a runway.

Under the collaboration agreement, SNC plans to combine its UAS development and test experience with IAI’s tools and methods to produce a tactical UAS platform.

The two companies established a collaborative relationship five years ago.

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