Flir to supply Canadian government with drones for Ukraine

Thousand Oaks, Ca (USA)

This latest donation from Canada adds to the company’s unmanned systems and counter-drone technology currently in use by Ukraine forces Image courtesy of Teledyne Flir

According to Teledyne Flir Defense, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, Canada’s Department of National Defence is seeking over 800 Skyranger R70 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), valued at more than CAD$95 million (approximately US$70 million), that Canada will donate to the government of Ukraine.

Built by Teledyne Flir in Waterloo, Ontario, Skyranger R70 drones feature autonomous navigation capability, plus advanced thermal and daytime sensors enabling them to detect and identify targets at long range. The advanced multi-mission drone can handle a variety of payloads up to 3.5 kilograms, including munitions.

This latest order from Canada adds to the unmanned systems and counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) capabilities Teledyne Flir Defense is already providing to Ukraine’s military through governments worldwide.

Teledyne Flir Black Hornet nano-drones are currently being used by Ukrainian forces through previous donations made by the Norwegian and British governments. They have performed successfully in numerous operations under the harshest of environments. Furthermore, via a contract with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Teledyne Flir is providing advanced thermal/visual imaging systems with highly sensitive radar sensors onto a mobile platform to rapidly identify drone threats as part of a total C-UAS solution for Ukraine.

“I would like to thank the Canadian government and the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, for turning to Skyranger drones in their support for Ukraine,” said Edwin Roks, Chief Executive Officer of Teledyne Technologies. “As a world leader in small unmanned aerial systems and remote sensing solutions, Teledyne Flir Defense is proving that tactical platforms such as Skyranger and Black Hornet can deliver immediate covert situational awareness on today’s battlefields, where and when war fighters need it most.”


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