customs and border patrol buys drones

Vantage Robotics Vesper

US Customs and Border Protection Buys Drones: Awards Bulk Order to 5 Drone Companies, including Vantage Robotics

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) provider Vantage Robotics recently announced that a bulk order of its Vesper drones was filed on September 30th by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency under a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) formed last December. At $540,000, the agreement covers Vantage’s Vesper drones, accessories, and training.

The CBP has a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with five drone companies, including Vantage Robotics. This Vesper order is part of that BPA, which has a total estimated value of $90 million over a five-year period. Additionally, Vantage is one of five drone manufacturers on the Department of Defense’s “Blue UAS” list.

The Vesper SUAS grants airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and tracking capability, improving…