The US Air Force has recently placed an order for 172 Teal 2 small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs) from Red Cat. This procurement, totaling USD 2.6 million, demonstrates the military’s commitment to advanced technology and its partnership with innovative companies in the defense sector. Red Cat, a leading player in the field, initially announced an order for the same number of Teal 2 systems on August 8th, and this latest purchase order further solidifies their position in providing cutting-edge sUAS technology to the US military. The Teal 2, developed by Red Cat’s subsidiary Teal Drones, is specifically designed for night-time operations, making it an invaluable asset for nocturnal reconnaissance missions.
The Teal 2 system, including the drone itself, four batteries, two battery chargers, control unit, spare parts, and a field repair kit, comes at an affordable cost of approximately USD 17,000. One of its standout features is the ability of its rotors to fold up, reducing space requirements and facilitating transport. This cost-effectiveness makes it a prime choice for military applications. The Teal 2 and its accompanying TAC controller are proudly made in the USA and have been developed under stringent design guidelines, leading to the system’s Blue UAS Certification by the US Department of Defense. This certification attests to the Teal 2’s reliability and security features, ensuring it meets the highest standards for military use.
The primary application of the Teal 2 is short-range reconnaissance missions, making it an indispensable tool for various roles, including combat soldiers, police officers, firefighters, wildlife managers, and industrial inspectors. Its versatility and performance have garnered approval from the US Department of Defense, making it available for purchase through the federal government’s GSA Advantage website. One of the Teal 2’s standout features is its integration with Teledyne FLIR’s new Hadron 640R sensor, providing users with the highest-resolution thermal imaging in a compact form factor. This technological innovation ensures that operators have access to clear and detailed imagery for effective decision-making during operations, even in low-light conditions.
The Teal 2 boasts state-of-the-art intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technology, enabling operators to receive real-time information and make faster, more informed decisions. Its multi-vehicle control and artificial intelligence capabilities further elevate its performance, making it a crucial asset for the US Air Force’s reconnaissance efforts. With an expected award for the US Army’s Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) program in the October-December 2024 timeframe, the Teal 2 is set to play a pivotal role in enhancing the military’s capabilities for cost-effective, nighttime reconnaissance missions. As the first sUAS to be equipped with the groundbreaking Hadron 640R sensor and Blue UAS Certification, the Teal 2 is poised to “Dominate the Night™” and lead the way in small drone technology for night operations.