UK’s MoD shapes its UAV future with Skydio drones
Planners in the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) are drawing consequences from the enormous effects of small commercial drones deployed in Ukraine’s defense against Russian invaders, and are turning to top-drawer consumer tech specialists like Skydio to muscle up their own UAV assets.
Parallel to its procurement of DJI Matrice 300 RTKs that DroneDJ reported yesterday, the MoD has also ordered over $3.6 million in Skydio X2D drones designed for military, security, and first responder operation. Based on a contract signed last month, the company will deliver those in partnership with Marlborough Communications Limited (MCL), providing the same kind of big-impact technology in small, portable UAVs that have proven so effective in the hands of private and military operators in Ukraine.
Pursuing the same kind of objectives as drones used in that conflict, the MoD is looking to put the multiplicity of applications UAVs provide at sensible market prices,…