XTEND, a leading developer of human-guided autonomous operating systems (XOS) for drones, has announced that its range of XTENDER, Wolverine, and Griffon drones have achieved full compliance with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The company's achievement comes as it expands its operations in the United States and ramps up production to fulfill multiple new contracts, including equipping the US Department of Defense and other partners with over 1,000 US-made drones over the next 24 months.
The announcement was made at the Modern Day Marine (MDM) Expo, where XTEND showcased its drone technologies. XTEND's drones, powered by the patented XOS operating system, enable operators to perform highly accurate maneuvers and actions in any environment with minimal training. By combining human intelligence and machine autonomy, XTEND's drones enhance operator abilities while minimizing the need for physical confrontation, ultimately reducing casualties and injuries. With hundreds of XTEND drone systems already deployed worldwide, the company continues to develop its operating system and drones to facilitate future man-machine teaming in defense, homeland security, industrial inspection, and public safety.
Robert Peters, General Manager of XTEND Defense, expressed the significance of NDAA compliance for the company's collaboration with the US Department of Defense and its expansion efforts. Peters stated,
"Our compliance with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) further strengthens XTEND's ongoing collaboration with the US Department of Defense and supercharges our US expansion." He added that XTEND has secured over 30 new contracts with the US Department of Defense, allies, and partners in the past four years, solidifying its position as a trusted provider of US-made drones.
Ido Bar-On, VP of Business Development and Sales at XTEND, emphasized the company's commitment to aligning its operations with US Government standards for addressing near-peer threats. XTEND is expanding its facility in Florida threefold to accommodate its growth in the US market. Bar-On also highlighted XTEND's dedication to supporting defense partners and customers with its experienced team of veterans.
As part of its US market expansion, XTEND recently appointed Robert Peters as General Manager of XTEND Defense. Peters brings over 40 years of experience in the defense market and has held senior business executive positions with notable companies such as Textron Systems, General Dynamics, GE, and Lockheed Martin.
XTEND's range of human-guided autonomous drones includes the following NDAA-compliant models:
- XTENDER: A micro tactical indoor ISR system designed for accurate remote multi-mission tasks in complex environments. It enables reconnaissance, data collection, and control of drone teams, even in GPS-denied locations.
- Wolverine C-IED: A small, lightweight, and rugged drone with low power consumption. Wolverine is easy to use and enables precise remote tasks, maneuvers, and actions in complex environments, extending operational reach in critical situations.
- Griffon C-UAS: A portable counter UAS system for intercepting aerial threats. Griffon allows operators to perform vision-assisted, semi-automated interceptions and control a drone team that launches automatically when detecting aerial threats.
XTEND's compliance with NDAA standards reaffirms its commitment to meeting the stringent requirements of the US Department of Defense and further solidifies its position as a trusted provider of human-guided autonomous drones.