SonoFlash prepares for qualification trials
12 October 2022
A rendering of XTEND’s multipayload indoor-outdoor tactical UAS system. (XTEND)
The Pentagon’s Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) awarded XTEND, via its US defence entity XTEND Reality Inc, an USD8.9 million contract to develop an indoor-outdoor, multipayload tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS).
The contract, announced on 10 October during the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, DC, held from 10 to 12 October, covers “hundreds” of UAS that are to be delivered by 2023, company officials told Janes.
XTEND is to provide kits that include three XTENDER UASs with modular payloads, a ground-control system, and a single-handed controller. The first kit is to be delivered during the week commencing 17 October, said Robert Peters, XTEND’s general manager for the US.
The initial payload – about 1.5 lb – is to be an…