Red Cat Holdings, a leading integrator of drone technology solutions catering to military, government, and commercial operations, disclosed today that its subsidiary, Teal Drones, has entered into contracts valued at $1.8 million with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The contracts are focused on supplying Teal 2 systems to the U.S. Border Patrol to facilitate enhanced aerial reconnaissance, surveillance, and tracking capabilities.
Under these contracts, Teal is slated to supply 106 Teal 2 drones, coupled with the necessary spare parts and requisite training. The U.S. Border Patrol aims to leverage these drones to augment situational awareness for field commanders and agents by providing an additional layer of reconnaissance and surveillance.
This agreement stems from a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) disclosed in December 2021, encompassing CBP and five drone companies, with an estimated cumulative value of $90 million spanning five years.
This development follows an initial order placed by the CBP last October, where 54 Teal drones were procured for the U.S. Border Patrol, valued slightly above $1 million.
Red Cat CEO, Jeff Thompson, expressed the company’s sense of honor in contributing to the mission of a crucial U.S. agency, and emphasized the positive feedback received from Border Patrol pilots which has been vital in refining Teal 2 enhancements. He informed that the current backlog amounts to over $7.5 million, with revenue from Teal 2 progressively accelerating.
The Teal 2 drones are acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Defense as Blue UAS and are procurable through the federal government’s GSA Advantage website. Designed to excel in nocturnal operations, Teal 2 stands out as the first small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) to be outfitted with Teledyne FLIR’s Hadron 640R sensor, offering superior resolution thermal imaging in a compact form.
Furthermore, Teal 2 incorporates advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technology, providing timely, crucial information to operators, which facilitates expedited and informed decision-making processes. The system is engineered with capabilities for multi-vehicle control and artificial intelligence.
Red Cat has established a manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, to ensure the fulfillment of orders within stipulated deadlines for various clienteles including military, government, and commercial entities.
The contractual collaboration between Red Cat Holdings, Inc. and U.S. Customs and Border Protection through Teal Drones is indicative of the growing reliance on advanced drone technology for enhancing border surveillance and security operations. With the integration of state-of-the-art technology in drones like Teal 2, it is evident that there is a pursuit for enhanced precision, reliability, and operational efficiency in surveillance activities by government agencies.