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Nordic Unmanned Receives €20 Million Fixed-Wing RPAS Framework Contract for Operation of the Textron Systems' Aerosonde™ SUAS

Related to Nordic Unmanned’s announcements to market on the 29th of July and 22nd of September 2021.

Nordic Unmanned (Euronext Growth Oslo: NUMND) is pleased to announce that they have received an award from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for a framework contract to provide fixed-wing RPAS services carrying out long-range general maritime surveillance in EU and EFTA waters.

The official value of the framework contract is a maximum of EUR 20 million over a period of up to four years. Nordic Unmanned is the contractual partner with EMSA and will utilize Textron Systems’ Aerosonde™ SUAS as its unmanned aircraft system platform. Two complete systems, including training, are planned to be made available the latest in six months time. A mandatory initial configuration test has been successfully completed, and the final framework contract has been signed.

We are absolutely delighted with this win with Textron Systems as a critical member of our team. This is our biggest win to date, in what is a new vertical in the European drone industry. The fixed-wing market represent untapped opportunities where we see enormous potential, and these deployments will continue to give Nordic Unmanned crucial operational experience, which will put us at the very front of the fixed-wing market. We are very excited to work closer with the good people over at Textron Systems and their well proven and highly capable Aerosonde platform in the coming years

Knut Roar Wiig, CEO Nordic Unmanned

With over 550,000+ flight hours across the globe, Textron Systems’ Aerosonde system is a leader in both expeditionary land- and sea-based operations. The system’s maturity and multi-mission capability make it a rugged and reliable platform. Equipped for day/night full-motion video, communications relay, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and more, this system is in a class by itself.

Our Aerosonde platform has provided support to customers around the world, in all climates and terrains. Alongside Nordic Unmanned, we are providing our highly capable and proven Aerosonde maritime system in support of our European customers’ important missions. This collaborative effort will provide enhanced, real-time, situational awareness to several EU Member States in a variety of areas such as safety of navigation, search and rescue, pollution detection, fishery control and law enforcement actions.

Nordic Unmanned will purchase two Aerosonde systems consisting of two air vehicles per system and plans to establish an operating and maintenance base in Europe. In addition to the EMSA contract, Nordic Unmanned and Textron Systems also intend to pursue other European fixed-wing opportunities. The new operating and maintenance base in Norway will enable Nordic Unmanned to offer full maintenance and support for Norwegian and other European customers. Textron Systems will continue training of Nordic Unmanned pilots, which will aid the company in obtaining full operational capability (FOC).

Information about the Textron Systems Aerosonde system can be found here

About Nordic Unmanned

Nordic Unmanned delivers comprehensive data solutions through industry leading expertise, to assist both public and private customers in the transition to unmanned technology. The focus is to support demanding clients by collecting time-critical data with the use of unmanned technology.

Founded in 2014, the company has offices in Sandnes, Oslo and Frankfurt, and has quickly become one of Europe’s leading providers of unmanned systems and services, with operations across the continent. The company is ISO 9001-2015 certified by DNV-GL for the operation, design and development, production, maintenance and sale, of unmanned systems and sensor technology. Nordic Unmanned is listed on Euronext Growth Oslo (NUMND).

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About Textron Systems

Textron Systems is a world leader in unmanned air, surface and land products, services and support for aerospace and defense customers. Harnessing agility and a broad base of expertise, Textron Systems’ innovative businesses design, manufacture, field and support comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver value. For more information, visit

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