Volatus Aerospace Group [VLTTF] last week said it has entered into an exclusive partnership with German unmanned aircraft system (UAS) developer Airial Robotics
to help manufacture, market and distributed the drones for commercial and defense markets in the Western Hemisphere and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Volatus, which is based in Canada, said it will sell Airial’s drones under its brand.
“Volatus Aerospace has the commercial reach and resources to help us scale quickly with the added benefit of offering training, manufacturing, and technical support,” Joerg Schamuhn, Airial’s CEO, said in a statement. “In addition, their global network in defense immediately expands our overall available market. Our products are designed for challenging commercial applications and are ready for large-scale deployment.”
Airial offers two variants of a gyro-helicopter hybrid drone, the Gyrotrak family, and a small cargo-carrying drone with a nearly 29-pound payload. The Gyrotrak UAS can fly in all-weather and at night and are built for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations with a 93-mile range.
The vertical take-off-and-landing Cargotrak UAS is also built for autonomous BVLOS operations in rainy and windy conditions, day and night.
“We are already seeing significant demand for Airial Robotics’ products,” Dean Attridge, vice president of solutions engineering at Volatus, said in a statement. “Our industry is at an inflection point and positioned for another period of explosive growth. Airial Robotics’ Gyrotrak passed our ‘Vetted by Volatus’ evaluation for capability, safety, reliability, and suitability for night operations and flight beyond visual line of sight.”
Volatus resells UAS supplied by China’s DJI and Autel Robotics, Seattle-based BRINC Drones, The Netherlands ATMOS Drones, and others, and remotely operated underwater vehicles made by China’s Chasing. The company serves civil, public safety and defense markets with imaging and inspection, security and surveillance, equipment sales, support and training.