The donut-shaped drone for tricky spaces

The donut-shaped drone for tricky spaces

Drone donut in the shape of Cleo Robotics TacDronut, DronutCleo Robotics has been awarded a $2.5 million contract to develop a tactical drone for the US Army

Written by Dronelife author Ian M Crosby

Drone developer Cleo Robotics Awarded a $2.5 million contract by the US Army’s Office of Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies (RCCTO) to deliver a number of prototype Tactical Dronut (TacDronut) systems for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

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The contract was awarded after the technology was selected during an Army Innovation Day competition evaluation of groundbreaking technologies.

“Partnering with a company like Cleo Robotics allows the Army RCCTO to offer disruptive capabilities to the fighter,” said Robert Monto Jr., deputy director of the Army RCCTO’s Office of Critical Technologies (CTO) and Advanced Concepts and Experiments (ACE). “Working through the Innovation Day process couples this approach with a unit of work,”

Based on the Cleo Dronut, the TacDronut is a rugged portable unmanned missile system that suits the needs of soldiers who need a drone capable of operating in confined spaces. Capable of lasting impact without sustaining damage and operating in both GPS-enabled and GPS-enabled environments, the Dronut features highly capable, adaptive intelligence and sensor payload. Following the successful demonstration of the prototype with the 82nd Airborne Division, the Army will transport the TacDronut as an ISR capability for the late soldier.

“The TacDronut sUAS project was selected as part of the Army’s RCCTO Office of Advanced and Experimental Concepts (ACE) mission to develop, test, and transfer advanced technologies to address high-priority elements of the Warfighter,” said RCCTO ACE Project Leader. Nathan Rosea. “The goal of this project is to improve aerial platform kinematics in support of short-range indoor and outdoor operations in complex environments to help mitigate operational gaps involving building clearance, potential tunnels and other enclosed spaces that present a significant challenge to our warfighters.”

“We specifically developed Dronut to operate in challenging environments and provide life-saving intelligence, so the TacDronut program is a natural evolution of this technology,” said Omar Elyan, founder and CEO of Cleo Robotics. “This endorsement by the U.S. Army is a great testament to the groundbreaking technology we’re building, and we’re thrilled to work with the Army’s RCCTO team and soldiers from elite groups like the 82nd Airborne Division.”

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Ian attended Dominican University in California, where he earned a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he now contributes to DroneLife as a writer.

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