It seems there is a trend developing. First of all FreeFly Systems with their US-made drones and a new one coming! Then, of course, Skydio with their Skydio R1, then S2 and X2 drones also made in the USA. Thirdly, Parrot with its ANAFI USA assembled here in the Northeast. And, now Autel Robotics with its Made-in-USA (with foreign and domestic parts and labor) EVO II Dual Bundles. I’m not sure why they point out ‘foreign parts’ because Parrot and Skydio drones also contain foreign parts. In the name of transparency, I suppose. Anyway, here’s the latest drone news!
AUTEL ENTERPRISE is Announcing its Made-in-USA EVO II Dual Bundles
A rapid-deployment, packable unmanned aircraft made-in-USA with foreign and US components and labor.
Unmanned Aircraft manufacturer Autel Robotics is releasing its Autel EVO II Dual Enterprise UAS bundle/package, created for the public sector and enterprise use. Under the Autel Enterprise label, Autel Robotics offers end-users the opportunity to use aircraft manufactured in the USA with foreign and domestic parts and labor. CEO Gary DeLuca shared the news with Autel Reseller/Dealers earlier this week.
“We notified our dealers that the change in manufacturing is effective immediately, and this new series of bundles does not impact our ability to ship existing stock. We have been making running changes to the product line in order to accommodate our customer needs since the day we initially released the product,” said DeLuca.
“The EVO IITM Dual has already proven itself to Advexure’s public safety and first responder partners as an incredibly capable, quick-to-deploy airframe with FLIR 640 thermal capabilities and a 35 minute flight endurance. In just the short time of this product being in the hands of first responders, we’ve received feedback from our public safety partners that the EVO IITM Dual has been a critical tool in saving human life on about six occasions thus far. Advexure and our partners have been very pleased with Autel’s commitment to a high service level and their focus on shifting product manufacturing to be Made in the USA,” said CEO Travis Waibel of Advexure Unmanned Systems, Autel’s largest USA dealer and distributor of the EVO IITM Dual who is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.
The Autel EVO IITM Dual is specifically designed to aid public safety personnel in identifying persons and objects in the dark, through smoke/fog, and offers public safety personnel the highest resolution IR camera available, coupled with a second, separately functioning 8K resolution RGB camera. The 8K camera provides Police and fire personnel deep detail, zoom capability, 40 minute flight time, and the ability to stream video to any command location or MDT (mobile data terminal) when coupled with the Autel LiveDeckTM.
“We also source the majority of our bundle components from US manufacturers such as FoxFury, GPC, TacSwan, and others” said DeLuca.
“Our software and other components are predominantly also from domestic and NATO suppliers. We’re deeply focused on shifting the product program to a Made in USA direction. We brought in outside consultants to assist us in identifying resources and processes that bring us closer to our American roots.”
“We are also proud to share that our solution does not require LTE for operations. Whether intelligent flight, or manual flight, our systems function without connecting to a server inside or outside CONUS, added DeLuca.
Autel aircraft may be flown without connecting a mobile device, as the remote control offers a 3.3” display for FPV. When connected to a mobile device for preview and autonomous flight modes, the mobile device may be put into airplane/no-data mode once local maps have been downloaded for mission planning.
“Autel prides itself on ensuring that user data remains private,” said John Kuch, public sector sales manager and former Fairfax County investigator, “Users are not required to sign up for an account, and are not required to input any data that they do not want shared. Data security combined with our domestic manufacturing efforts, provide a safe, secure, and efficient environment for any public safety agency with our Autel EVO IITM Dual platform.”
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