Airbus Helicopters to acquire US robotic aircraft maker Aerovel

Airbus has struck a deal to acquire a US maker of long-range robotic aircraft for an undisclosed sum. The aerospace giant’s helicopter division has bought Aerovel and its unmanned aerial system (UAS), Flexrotor, as part of a strategy to boost its portfolio of unmanned aircraft.
Flexrotor is a small tactical unmanned aerial system designed for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions at sea and over land.
Aerovel, which is based in Bingen, in Washington, will remain a US-owned company and continue collaboration with the US Department of Defense (DoD) under Airbus’ Special Security Agreement. The acquisition has been approved by the relevant bodies o …