Drone technology firm, Red Cat Holdings, revealed that its subsidiary, Teal Drones, secured a $2.6 million order to supply the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) with its newly launched Teal 2 sUAS. The U.S. Air Force Security Forces, responsible for safeguarding Air Force bases, made the request. They will receive 172 units of the Teal 2, accompanied by spare parts and necessary training.
Noble Supply & Logistics, (NOBLE) sourced this acquisition as a segment of the DLA's Special Operational Equipment Tailored Logistics Support (SOE TLS) Program. As a designated provider for this initiative, NOBLE aids various DLA clients globally, ensuring they can fulfill their SOE requisites. The 10-year SOE TLS program, with a budget limit of $33 billion, focuses on delivering essential logistics support to federal agencies and military bases.
Red Cat's CEO, Jeff Thompson, remarked on the significance of equipping the U.S. Air Force with the Teal 2 sUAS, emphasizing the system's superior night vision features, which are essential for after-dark airfield and base security.
Having received the U.S. Department of Defense's Blue UAS endorsement, the Teal 2 is available for procurement on the government’s GSA Advantage website. Marketed as the leading sUAS for nocturnal operations, the Teal 2 stands out due to its incorporation of the Teledyne FLIR's Hadron 640R sensor. This technology offers users unparalleled thermal imaging resolution in a compact design. In addition to its advanced night vision, the Teal 2 boasts contemporary intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance tech, empowering operators with timely data and enhanced decision-making abilities. The system further impresses with its multi-vehicle control and AI features.
Since its official release in April, several agencies, including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, have shown interest in the Teal 2.
Thompson is scheduled to delve into details about the DLA order during Red Cat's participation at the Canaccord Genuity 43rd Annual Growth Conference in Boston, set for August 9, 3 p.m. ET. Those interested can register for the webcast presentation.