BlueBird Aero Systems

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Ethiopia, Israel

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ThunderB , WanderB, MicroB

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BlueBird Aero Systems

General Information

A private Israeli company, established in 2002, specializes in design, development and production of Micro, Mini and tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The company is based in Kadima, Israel.

The company delivers technological & operational solutions to provide real-time intelligence, and deliver solutions to meet necessities of military, Homeland Security (HLS) and civilian UAS markets.

Products include unmanned aerial vehicles as Thunder B,  SpyLite, Micro B, Wander Bm, and Sub-Systems as Portable Ground Control Station (PGCS), ICU, Ground Data Terminal (GDT), Emergency Control unit (ECU), Remote Video Terminal.

The company provides UAVs to the Israeli army and Ministry of Defense and exports its products abroad.

International Deals

In 2010 a report from NEWSRU reported that Russian special Forces purchased UAVs by BlueBird.[1]Russian special services will receive Israeli micro- and mini-UAVs For now, the information was not confirmed by official sources.

In 2013 the company was awarded a $3 million contract for providing SpyLite drones to the Chilean Army.[2]Bluebird to Supply Mini UAVs to Chilean Army

In 2018 the Indian company Cyient and Bluebird Aero Systems signed a joint venture to offer UAV systems to Indian military and Industry.[3]BlueBird Set to Sell UAVs to the Indian Army

In 2018, the newspaper Globes named Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Greece, Spain, Frontex, NATO and Azerbaijan as customers of BlueBird Aero Systems.[4]Globes : israeli uavs

In 2021, 150 VTOL drones by BlueBird were sold and delivered to an undisclosed European customer in a deal worth tens of millions of dollars.[5]BlueBird Aero Systems completes delivery of VTOL drones to European customer

BlueBird drones were also sold to Morocco, possibly for usage in the Western Sahara, for $50 million.[6]Assessment: BlueBird drones sold to Morocco could be used for war against terror in W. Sahara . Morocco stated that it had purchased 150 WanderB-VTOL and ThunderB-VTOL drones.

Usage of BlueBird’s products by Israeli Forces

The company provides UAVs to the Israeli army and Ministry of Defense.[7]Who Profits – BlueBird – Report [8]Spylite report

BlueBird products have been used during air strikes by the Israeli Air Force during military assaults on Gaza in 2008-9 and 2014 and on Lebanon in 2006. Company UAVs were also used in military campaigns in the West Bank.[9]Who Profits – BlueBird – Report

According to the company’s website, during the summer of 2014, its SpyLite UAVs “operated around the clock”, and “logged over 700 operational sorties of over 3 hours each” in Israeli military attacks in the West Bank and Gaza. The SpyLite is marketed as ‘combat proven.’[10]Who Profits – BlueBird – Report [11]“COMBAT PROVEN”: THE BOOMING BUSINESS OF WAR IN ISRAEL

Subsidiaries / Acquisitions / Fundings

In a presentation from 2005 that was leaked, it is clear that the company “Silver Shadow” that was founded by two Israeli ex-soldiers was the official provider of BlueBird’s UAV systems in the US.[12]Silver Shadow and BlueBird leaked presentation

In 2007 the investment firm AGS invested $7 million in Bluebird for 30% of its shares.[13]Globes : BLueBird Article

In 2012 the Indian pharmaceutical giant Piramal invested $20 million in BlueBird.[14]Cooperation Between BlueBird and UAS Technologies Piramal, as to 2018 holds a quarter of BlueBirds shares.[15]Globes : BLueBird Article

In September 2020 Israel Aerospace Industries announced that that they acquired 50% of BlueBird Aero Systems. Ronen Nadir, CEO of BlueBird will continue to hold 50% of BlueBird.[16]IAI buys 50% of tactical drone co BlueBird

The company holds a 49% stake in Cynient Solutions & Systems (CSS), a joint venture in India. The remaining shares are held by Cynient (NSE:Cynient).