FLIR acquires Canadian drone-maker Aeryon Labs for $200M

FLIR Systems has acquired Aeryon Labs, a leading developer of high-performance unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for the global military, public safety and critical infrastructure markets for $200 million.

Aeryon’s vertical takeoff and landing quadcopter airframes integrate multiple sensors, including FLIR thermal technology, to provide users with immediate high-resolution intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, according to an announcement. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and with offices in Denver and Salt Lake City, Aeryon Labs was founded in 2007 and is a leading designer and manufacturer of mission-focused Group 1 UAS solutions built around aircraft under 20 pounds.

Aeryon’s family of UAS are deployed by 20 militaries in more than 30 countries around the world, including the United States Department of Defense. Aeryon develops UAS solutions that include hardware, embedded software, ground control stations, sensors, software for flight operations, as well as supporting services for its global customers.

Aeryon Labs is now part of the FLIR Government and Defense Business Unit’s Unmanned Systems and Integrated Solutions division