A new partnership aims to produce low-cost, high survivability military and commercial drones

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A new partnership between Applied Aeronautics and Cambium was established to develop low-cost drones both for military and commercial applications.

With an emphasis on durability, the partners will equip the drones with many benefits including protection against laser attacks, sustained heat and fire, as well as flexible launch and recovery systems and rapid in-field deployment.

These new aircraft, produced from a US supply chain and production platform, will be capable of delivering ruggedized UAS for US defence customers and allies even in surge deployment scenarios, as well as customers in renewable energy, oil and gas, and wildfire-fighting support.

“Cambium has assembled a highly skilled team from aerospace, military R&D, and biotech,” said Applied Aeronautics Co-founder and CEO Ryan Johnston. “We look forward to augmenting and expanding our UAS offerings through this partnership and are confident that together, we’ll bring to market products well suited for complex missions in austere environments.”

“As a young, nimble company focused on putting new products into the field to address emerging threats, Applied Aeronautics and their flagship aircraft, the Albatross, are the perfect platform from which to build a new pipeline of next-generation drones using Cambium’s advanced materials and Manufacturing Innovation System,” said Cambium Co-founder and CEO Simon Waddington.


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