Canadian Dept. of National Defence awards UAV contract

DND to pay $2.8 million for collapsible UAVs to support Operation Athena in Afghanistan.

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by DE staff

Prioria Robotic’s Maveric UAV

Prioria Robotics Inc, a Gainesville, Fla.-based engineering company, has been awarded a $2.8 million contract by Public Works and Government Services Canada for the ISTAR MUAV (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance miniature unmanned aerial vehicle) program. Under the contract, Prioria will supply the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Forces with the Maveric unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to fulfil MUAV requirements in Afghanistan and Canada.

Maveric is a small UAS that features modular payload structure, onboard processing including collision-detection, bendable wings, image stabilization and target tracking. Prioria will supply DND with five Maveric systems for ground support to aid Canada’s Operation Athena in Afghanistan.

"We are pleased with the Canadian government’s choice," said Bryan da Frota, Prioria CEO. "I am certain that Maveric will provide the Canadian warfighter with a user-friendly MUAV that will help keep them out of harm’s way."

Prioria has selected ING Engineering to provide logistical support. The Ottawa-based engineering company offers C4ISR exploitation products and a range of UAVs and related services.