Applied Aeronautics has confirmed that the company’s flagship Albatross UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) is now available in an NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act)-compliant variant. Applied Aeronautics has released this latest upgrade for their long-range Albatross platform in response to a growing demand for robust, low-cost solutions from the defense community. The Albatross-US variant’s critical onboard avionics, including autopilot, GPS, C2 equipment, and payloads, have all been replaced with NDAA-compliant technology.
The Albatross platform is rapidly becoming a platform of choice for a wide range of military applications, including training, simulated warfare, surveillance, asset inspection, and research and development. Applied Aeronautics has recently been awarded multiple contracts from the United States Navy and several other branches of the United States Government. The company looks to expand its footprint with this and other soon-to-be-released defense-centric offerings in the near future.
Albatross-US has been explicitly designed to meet the needs of the warfighter, and features the following specifications:
- 256 bit AES encrypted long-range C2 link
- Up to 4 hours of flight time
- Fully autonomous takeoff and landing
- Optional high definition EO/IR camera with AI tracking capabilities
- Target painting with MGRS target location
- Modular and redundant communication links
- One-man operable
Ryan Johnston, CEO of Applied Aeronautics, commented: “We’ve been building out compliant platforms in recent years on an as-needed basis, but a recent surge in demand from the military space has made it necessary to standardize this offering to ensure we can respond rapidly to the needs of our military customers with solutions that check all boxes both in terms of capability and compliance.”