Military drone manufacturer accused of “pattern of misconduct”


A breach-of-contract squabble has spiraled into broader allegations of misconduct against a drone manufacturer with millions in US military contracts. A motion filed last week in Florida civil court claims that Prioria Robotics misrepresented specs for its flagship “microdrone”, and also sold refurbished units to the Army as if they were new.

Gainsville-based Prioria Robotics manufactures the Maveric “microdrone”, which weighs less than 3 pounds, has a 30 inch wingspan, and boasts a camouflaged, “bird-like” profile. The Maveric can be hand-launched from its storage tube without any assembly.

Prioria markets its Maveric drone for military, surveillance, and public safety applications. In 2014, the Defense Logistics Agency paid $240,000 per Maveric system. The company has won contracts with the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and NASA, among other federal agencies, for drones and accompanying gear.

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