Mobilicom Limited a provider of cybersecurity and smart solutions for drones, robotics, and autonomous platforms announced that its recently launched SkyHopper Micro, a new micro bi-directional data link specifically designed to enable mass deployment of fleets of mini-to-small-sized drones, has been chosen by a Tier-1 drone manufacturer, a global leader in its field with an installed base of customers, for integration into its drone platform.
Launched in October 2022, the SkyHopper Micro, designed for mass deployment of mini-and-small-sized drone fleets, caters to the growing demand for high-use applications including commercial inspections, disaster relief, defense, and intelligence. Equipped with Mobilicom’s ICE cybersecurity software, SkyHopper Micro provides superior security for drone and communication channels, encrypting all data that is transmitted and collected. The secure communications system features an advanced proprietary encryption mechanism and is compatible with a wide range of flight controllers, mission software, and payloads.
SkyHopper Micro was selected by this leading Tier-1 drone manufacturer due to its superior performance both in line-of-sight (LOS) and urban non-LOS conditions and its lightweight miniature size, making it ideal for integration into mini-and-small-sized drones. SkyHopper Micro also complies with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a key requirement for U.S. government agencies.
The Tier-1 drone manufacturer completed the engineering process, integrating the SkyHopper Micro into its mini-drone systems and ground control system (GCS). Following comprehensive testing and verification, the platform was successfully field and flight tested in the U.S. and Europe.
“We believe the potential of this SkyHopper Micro program is immense due to large-scale deployments planned by this Tier-1 drone manufacturer. These small-sized, often single-use drones have high deployment and replacement rates, driving demand for Mobilicom’s products,” stated Mobilicom CEO Oren Elkayam. “The extensive use of tactical and miniature drones, especially for intelligence and kamikaze in the Ukraine – Russia conflict has accelerated current demand. We believe such solutions will be deployed worldwide by armies as part of their miniature munition drone strategy,” Elkayam concluded.