Zenith and Virtex Partner for Long-endurance Heavy-lift Tethered Drone Market
Zenith and Virtex Partner for Long-endurance Heavy-lift Tethered Drone Market

Zenith and Virtex Partner for Long-endurance Heavy-lift Tethered Drone Market

Zenith AeroTech, a leading developer of heavy-lift tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs), announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with VIRTEX Enterprises (“VIRTEX”), an Austin-based electronics manufacturing service provider, to meet increasing customer demand for more TAVs in shorter timeframes and for these platforms to be NDAA compliant. Zenith AeroTech offers industry, Federal government, first responder, telecommunications, and military customers the option of three different, highly customizable TAV platforms: Hexa, Quad 8, and Quadro. Thanks to Zenith’s Ground Power-Tether Management System, these TAVs can stay aloft for days at a time, delivering true persistent surveillance.

“This new partnership allows our two companies to leverage their individual areas of expertise. Zenith brings years of custom-made TAV and free-flight drone design and manufacturing experience, while VIRTEX—an AS 9100 accredited organization—contributes its sought-after advanced electronics design, manufacturing, and testing capabilities. VIRTEX’s U.S.-based manufacturing capability and its specialized aerospace experience will ensure that Zenith products are all American-made and fully NDAA compliant, unlike other drone suppliers. VIRTEX will also allow Zenith to scale up production to meet larger volume orders in a shorter timeframe,” said Kutlay Kaya, chairman of Zenith AeroTech. “.”

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VIRTEX provides engineering services, design, system level integration, PCBA and full life cycle management services for the aerospace, military, and commercial market. These services are delivered in vertically integrated solutions with an aim towards long-term customer partnerships. Meanwhile, Zenith will help VIRTEX enter the growing, technically sophisticated small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) market, with introductions to new defense and law enforcement customers. The combination of the two companies brings with it a great deal of technical depth. The vertical capabilities of our two companies include full system design, manufacture and integrated test. With this partnership, VIRTEX and Zenith will build complex systems to address diverse and complex problem sets.

About Zenith Aerotech: Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Afton, Virginia, Zenith AeroTech is an industry leader in Tethered Aerial Vehicles (TAVs). We leverage our extensive experience in mechanical design, power electronics, software development, prototyping, and project management to provide customers with highly customizable aerial solutions. Our markets include emergency services, law enforcement, industry, and defense. About VIRTEX Enterprises: VIRTEX is a leading manufacturer of circuit card assemblies, high complexity cables and harnesses, precision machined parts and mission critical electronic systems for small and medium-sized customer programs across a wide range of industries, including industrial, aerospace and defense, automotive, and medical. VIRTEX specializes in high reliability markets requiring complex system level assembly and world class supply chain resiliency. By providing a regionally focused market-segment approach, VIRTEX can bring greater value and innovation to its customers, improve OEM competitiveness, and deliver comprehensive, tailored solutions that are specific to each customer.

Zenith and Virtex Partner for Long-endurance Heavy-lift Tethered Drone Market
The Quadro tethered UAV is the largest in Zenith’s current range. (Photo by Zenith AeroTech)

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