NOVEMBER, 2020 – Sandnes, Norway – Nordic Unmanned is proud to receive the contract as system integrator, including training and life cycle support, for the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency’s vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
The non-exclusive framework contract, under the name “VTOL UAS”, is one of the most valuable mini VTOL UAS defence contracts of 2020 in Europe, based on public announcements.
The contract is non-exclusive, meaning the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and Justice with all subordinate agencies may use it. The duration is three years, with options to extend to seven years. The initial purchase order is expected to be done within the following months.
Knut Roar Wiig, CEO at Nordic Unmanned was delighted to be awarded the contract: We are very happy to finally be able to support the Norwegian servicemen and women with world-leading UAV equipment.
This contract further enhances Nordic Unmanned’s position as a leading European provider of unmanned systems and services. As a Norwegian company we are very satisfied to be the chosen supplier in this demanding procurement, it proves how far the Norwegian unmanned industry have come and we do look forward to supporting this and future drone services for the Norwegian Justice- and Defence sector.
Details of the framework contract:
• Nordic Unmanned is the system integrator and oversees all quality systems and project
management according to client requirements.
• Nordic Unmanned will deliver training and MRO services.
• Nordic Unmanned will provide system integration of radios from the Norwegian producer Radionor Communications AS.
• Lockheed Martin is the original equipment manufacturer of Indago.
“Indagos operate very quietly from relatively low altitude and provide high fidelity sensor imagery,” said Steve Fortson, UAS Portfolio manager at Lockheed Martin. “They’re ideal for use in portable and embedded applications where size, weight, power and cost are key, making them uniquely suited to support the Norwegian Armed Forces.”
For the past three years, Lockheed Martin has used Nordic Unmanned as the official reseller of its full portfolio of UAS products in Europe. This includes the VCSi family of multi-domain, unmanned control systems software.