Israel-based startup XTEND says it will deliver hundreds of its new Wolverine Gen2 unmanned aerial vehicle systems to the US Department of Defense (DoD) to protect US forces in the field.
The contract follows a joint research & development program run by the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) at the Ministry of Defense of Israel, together with XTEND, and the Department of Irregular Operations Technical Support. (IWTSD, formerly CTTSO) led by DoD.
Made in the USA, Wolverine is small, light and rugged, affordable, versatile and low in power consumption. Easy to use, it allows operators – even those with no flying experience – to perform extremely precise remote tasks, maneuvers and actions in complex environments (indoor or outdoor). ), with minimal training and maintenance.
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Powered by XTEND’s unique human-centered machine interface technology, this revolutionary new human extension platform facilitates complete sensory perception, using real-world technology state-of-the-art virtual and augmented reality, along with advanced Machine Learning flight algorithms.
Using a lightweight wearable system and natural hand gesture recognition controllers, operators immerse themselves in the remote environment without physical risk. Using multi-purpose payloads and effects (Module add-ons), they can perform complex missions in support of tactical missions, including surveying enemy territory in ground or inside hazardous and/or difficult indoor environments, handling explosives, loading payloads at desired points of interest, and more, without ever setting foot in the area involved.
Enabling forces to fight everywhere, gain real-time imaging, and perform precise pick-and-drop missions in surgery, Wolverine expands their reach in critical situations where Accuracy and versatility are paramount, allowing them to dominate the battlefield both in terms of operational experience and mission planning.
Gadi Bar-Ner, XTEND Sales Director, said: “The Wolverine system was developed to respond directly to the needs of the forces to perform complex missions in the field and outdoors, and at the same time. Maintain a protective force and do not contact the enemy. “For the first time, any user can operate the drone intuitively and without prior training, allowing forces to be completely autonomous in the field. The XTEND system has been tested and used very successfully by the IDF in border and force protection. We are proud of the close partnership between XTEND, the Israeli Department of Defense, and the US DoD – part of which XTEND employs a team of US veterans – and look forward to it continuing. ”