Forbes: USA aid package to Ukraine includes Latvian-designed drones

The USA's latest military aid package for Ukraine, announced in July, also includes “Penguin” drones developed by the Latvian company “Edge Autonomy Riga” (formerly “UAV Factory”), reports Forbes magazine.

“Penguin”, which is produced at the Edge Autonomy Riga parent company's “Edge Autonomy” plant in California, are civilian drones that are also used for military purposes. They resemble the “Bayraktar TB-2” produced in Turkey, but have a smaller wing length of 3.2 to 3.5 metres.

These drones are available in a number of varieties. US assistance to Ukraine will likely include models Penguin B and Penguin C, which were ordered by Edge Autonomy in 2022, Forbes writes.

One of the most distinguished features of these drones, especially Penguin B, is their modularity, which makes it easier to easily integrate and adapt different useful goods. The load capacity of drones is approximately four kilograms, which is more than enough to accommodate high-resolution sensors and multispectral cameras for data collection and analysis, reports Forbes.

Ukraine has already used Penguin in the war with Russia.

In 2022, the Edge Autonomy Riga turnover was €21.196 million, up 2.4 times as much as 2021, while the company's profit grew 8.2 times and was €4.493 million, according to Information.

The company was registered in 2009 and has a core capital of EUR 1 041 505. The company's owner is the US company, Edge Autonomy Holdings, LLC.

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