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Teal Drones to double size of new factory

The Golden Eagle sUAS. (Teal Drones)

Teal Drones, which opened a new 13,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, in October, plans to double the size of the factory to 26,000 sq ft to meet an expected surge in demand, according to the chief executive of US-based parent company Red Cat Holdings.

Teal, which intends to ramp up production to 200โ€“300 drones a month over the next year, will ultimately be able to make thousands of drones a month at the expanded site. The increased capacity will allow the company to accommodate potential large contract awards from the US Army and other customers, Red Cat CEO Jeff Thompson told investors on 20 December.

Teal, a start-up that Red Cat acquired earlier this year, makes the Golden Eagle small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), which can perform short-range reconnaissance for military operations, as well as inspections for infrastructure, security, and land and wildlife management. Teal is one of five companies the US Department of Defense selected in August 2020 to provide sUAS to the federal government.

Red Cat has said it acquired Teal to diversify its business beyond providing headsets, software, and other products to commercial and recreational sUAS users.

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