customs and border patrol buys drones

Vantage Robotics Vesper

US Customs and Border Protection Buys Drones: Awards Bulk Order to 5 Drone Companies, including Vantage Robotics

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) provider Vantage Robotics recently announced that a bulk order of its Vesper drones was filed on September 30th by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency under a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) formed last December. At $540,000, the agreement covers Vantage’s Vesper drones, accessories, and training.

The CBP has a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with five drone companies, including Vantage Robotics. This Vesper order is part of that BPA, which has a total estimated value of $90 million over a five-year period. Additionally, Vantage is one of five drone manufacturers on the Department of Defense’s “Blue UAS” list.

The Vesper SUAS grants airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and tracking capability, improving situational awareness for CBP missions. The drone also provides unrivaled endurance, stealth and sensor performance with a customizable architecture, resulting in a flexible system that can be adapted to suit the needs of various mission and end user requirements.

“We are proud to support the Border Patrol mission” said Vantage CEO Tobin Fisher. “The Vesper’s ability to fly three times quieter than other drones in its class and for longer distances gives CBP agents a big advantage. Its low-light camera is superior to all other drones in its class, including Chinese drones, giving it unbeatable  performance in all conditions.”

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


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