French drone manufacturer Parrot has been selected by the Swiss Armed Forces to develop and supply micro-drones as part of the Swiss Mini UAV Program (Swiss MUAS). Parrot successfully won the contract against several commercial UAV suppliers.
Last year, the French manufacturer was chosen by the DoD for the U.S Army’s Recon Drone Program, in a move that highlighted Parrot’s ambitions beyond its struggles in the consumer market.
According to Parrot, the performance of its defence and security solutions and the high level of cybersecurity required by the Swiss armed forces were contributing aspects to the final decision. Parrot has plenty of history in the country, including the purchase of two École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne spin-offs, Pix4D and senseFly.
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armasuisse select Parrot
The call for tender was launched at the beginning of 2019 by armasuisse, the federal procurement agency responsible for the Swiss Armed Forces. The initial part…