Albuquerque, New Mexico (June 13, 2018) – Silent Falcon UAS Technologies solar electric, fixed wing, long endurance, long range Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has been selected by Bridger Aerospace for its Call When Needed sUAS Services Contract with the US Department of the Interior. The contract, which is Interior’s first of its kind, will allow the agency to obtain fully contractor-operated and maintained small UAS that are ready when needed to support wildland fire operations, search and rescue, emergency management and other resource missions in the Contiguous 48 States, Hawaii and Alaska.
Silent Falcon UAS Technologies is now one of a limited number of fixed wing UAS that has met the requirements for this operational status. This is an exceptional milestone for Silent Falcon™ as it continues to increase the deployment of its Silent Falcon™ UAS in a wide variety of commercial, public safety and military applications.
“As the recognized leader in the application of unmanned aircraft technology in natural resources, wildland fire, and land management applications, we look forward to supporting our Interior bureaus’ needs and those of our interagency partners with this first-ever contracted small-unmanned aircraft systems resource,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Safety, Resource Protection, and EmergencyServices Harry Humbert.
Bridger's Founder and President Tim Sheehy stated, "We are humbled and proud to be awarded a spot on DOI's pioneering UAS firefighting contract. We continue to focus on innovative and effective methods to improve the safety of aerial firefighting operations, and we look forward to continuing to serve communities that are threatened by wildfire danger."
“We are extremely fortunate to partner with Bridger Aerospace in this first of its kind UAS services contract. This is an exceptional application for the technology embedded in the Silent FalconTM, the only solar electric, long range, long endurance UAS”, said John W. Brown, Silent Falcon™ UAS Chairman.
ABOUT SILENT FALCON™ UAS TECHNOLOGIES Silent Falcon™ UAS Technologies manufactures patent pending, state-of-the-art small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and components and sensors for the security, military and commercial markets including oil and gas and pipeline inspections, power utility inspections, large scale agriculture, natural resource management, security/ISR, public safety, and mapping/surveying. Silent Falcon is the only solar electric UAS to provide long endurance and range, silent operations, and an open interface payload bay accommodating a wide- variety of payloads that are also quick and easy to change. The company is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information, please visit: www.silentfalconuas.com
ABOUT BRIDGER AEROSPACE: Headquartered in Bozeman, MT, Bridger Aerospace is a leader in the Air Attack segment of the aerial forest firefighting sector. Bridger operates air attack, aerial imaging and aerial survey aircraft across all 50 states and is an awardee of the first UAV Operations contract for US Wildfire Response. Bridger and its predecessor companies have been flying in support of the US forest fire fighting sector since 2002. For additional information, please visit www.bridgeraerospace.com.