“We are proud to be chosen as the manufacturing solution partner for Parrot Drones,” said Curt Anderson, NEOTech's VP of Business Development. “NEOTech is thrilled to finalize our agreement with Parrot after cooperative negotiations. Our in-depth experience with high-tech products and stringent U.S. government requirements will position NEOTech to best help Parrot deliver a quality-product on time.”
NEOTech will procure the components and build the drones in manufacturing facilities located in the United States, as required by the U.S. Army and Department of Defense. With multiple manufacturing sites all AS9100:2016 certified and ITAR registered, NEOTech makes the ideal strategic manufacturing partner for Parrot to fulfill the mature-prototype reconnaissance drone orders.
Parrot passed a significant milestone in the Short Range Reconnaissance drone program initiated by the United States Department of Defense in May 2019. As the final steps of this selection process have now been set, Parrot will start manufacturing prototypes of its dedicated drone in the United States of America. The mature prototype presented by Parrot has met the high-level requirements of the U.S. Army and the DoD, and has now been approved for larger-scale manufacturing. NEOTech and Parrot having finalized their U.S. production chain partnership will manufacture the drones for delivery to the U.S. Army and DoD Defense Innovation Unit in July 2020.
“Parrot is honored to work with the DoD on this highly strategic project,” said Laurent Rouchon, VP Security & Defense at Parrot. “We have successfully met the high standards set over the last 12 months on the prototype efforts, and we look forward to entering this final phase and launching production in the USA.”
Parrot and NEOTech are also partnering to manufacture and assemble the drone’s Ground Remote Control units in NEOTech manufacturing facilities in the United States. Each drone’s cybersecurity software will also be flashed at NEOTech’s facilities. With over 40 years of heritage in electronics manufacturing, NEOTech specializes in high-reliability programs in the Aerospace and Defense industry, Medical Products, and High-Tech Industrial markets. NEOTech has a highly talented engineering group and multiple manufacturing locations throughout the United States, and is well recognized for its excellent customer service and high-level industry specific certifications.
NEOTech combines the strengths of three leading contract manufacturers: NATEL, EPIC, and OnCore. With their position and experience as an industry-leader in electronics manufacturing, NEOTech focuses on low-to-medium volume – high-mix designs for high-complexity/high-reliability products primarily in the defense/aerospace, industrial and medical industries.
NEOTech offers a wide array of design and manufacturing services including full product lifecycle engineering services, manufacturing and testing of microelectronics, cable & harness interconnect products, PCBA, full box build services and aftermarket repair and fulfillment services. NEOTech and its over 3,800 employees are dedicated to solving tough engineering problems, providing customers with high-reliability, high-quality electronic solutions.
Headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, NEOTech has engineering locations and manufacturing locations in California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Mexico, and China. NEOTech holds and maintains industry specific certifications that include ISO9001, AS9100, ISO13485, ISO14001 and MIL-PRF-38534. For more information about NEO Tech and/or the products and services, visit the company’s website at www.NEOTech.com.
Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot is today the leading European group in the fast-growing industry of drones. Visionary, at the forefront of innovation, Parrot is the only group to be positioned across the entire value chain, from equipment to services and software. Its microdrones, recognized for their performance and robustness, address consumer and professional uses. The Group also has a set of advanced professional solutions (drones, sensors, software) intended for businesses, large corporations and governments. Its expert solutions are focused primarily on three vertical markets: (i) Agriculture, (ii) 3D Mapping, Surveying and Inspection, and (iii) Defense and Security.
The Parrot Group designs and engineers its products in Europe, mainly in France and Switzerland. They currently employ over 500 people worldwide and makes the majority of its sales outside of France. Parrot, headquartered in Paris, has been listed since 2006 on Euronext Paris (FR0004038263 - PARRO). To learn more, visit: www.parrot.com and these subsidiaries www.pix4d.com, www.sensefly.com, www.micasense.com.