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XTEND aims to expand UAS footprint in US and the app store

30th June 2023 - 12:00 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC


New versions of XTEND's UAS family are under development for US DoD clients. (Photo: author)

Israeli UAS developer XTEND will open a production facility in Florida to meet demand from DoD clients and also has signed a partnership with software development company SightX

The Israeli manufacturer aims to expand its app store offering while developing new versions of its family of UAVs for US clients, Robert Peters, XTEND Defense's GM, told Shephard at the Modern Day Marine expo in Washington, DC.

The new production facilities are in response to requests for XTEND's platforms from US clients. Peters explained to Shephard that deliveries of an updated US DoD version of XTENDER, to be manufactured in Florida, are expected to begin by late September/early October. 

The company obtained a contract from the Pentagon's Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) to supply an undisclosed number of XTENDERs to 'tactical units'.’

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The new version of the aircraft is 'slightly larger and has a smart hub so it can be interconnected with more devices,' explained Peters.

XTEND is also developing the Honeybadger, a US version of the company's Wolverine UAV. This updated model will include the capability to operate in GPS/GNSS- and/or communication-denied areas. 

Deliveries of the Honeybadger for US tactical forces via the IWTSD are expected to begin by Q1 of 2024. The UAVs will help units increase their capabilities 'to counter UAVs, to counter IEDs, and even carry out humanitarian support in sensitive locations', Peters said. 

Other US military units will eventually also operate the Honeybadger, Peters said, without elaborating further.

Besides hardware upgrades, on 20 June XTEND announced a partnership with AI and computer vision company SightX, which will integrate the latter's data processing capabilities with the XOS operating system

SightX is the newest addition to XTEND's XOS app store, and the software will 'provide drones, robots, and smart devices on XOS with an advanced multi-object data acquisition engine', the company noted.

Peters explained to Shephard that XTEND seeks 'more development in the software area to provide customers with more app options'. '

We want third parties to bring their unique application software to work with our XOS operating system,' he concluded.

Wilder Alejandro Sanchez


Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

Wilder Alejandro Sánchez is an analyst who covers defense & security, geopolitical, and trade issues …

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