FLIR Systems recently acquired Aeryon Labs for $200 million, expanding FLIR’s drone solutions to include advanced airframes, sensors and flight management software for government and defense clients.
“The acquisition of Aeryon Labs reinforces our long-term strategy to move beyond providing sensors to the development of complete solutions that save lives and livelihoods,” FLIR Systems President and CEO Jim Cannon said. “This acquisition, coupled with our acquisition of Prox Dynamics in 2016, greatly increases our unmanned systems solutions capabilities, expanding beyond nano-UAS into Group 1 UAS solutions for military.”
Aeryon Labs is now part of the FLIR Government and Defense Business Unit’s Unmanned Systems and Integrated Solutions division. Aeryon is the company behind the rugged SkyRanger unmanned aircraft system (UAS), which is known for operating in demanding environments.
“As drone technology and its markets evolve, customers are seeking UAS as just one component of a broader solution,” said Dave Kroetsch, Aeryon Labs co-founder and chief technology officer. “While Aeryon has been evolving in that direction for the past few years, being part of FLIR Systems brings a path to include our hardware and software technologies in much bigger solutions than would have ever been possible on our own.”