Handheld wins contract for nano drone control technology

Press release
24 July 2023

[Lidköping, Sweden, July 24, 2023.] Handheld Group, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers and part of MilDef Group, has won a contract for nano drone control computers to be used by dismounted soldiers. The custom-built drone-control computer is based on a 7-inch ultra-rugged Handheld Android tablet. The customer is a global defense group, based in the USA, delivering nano drones for battlefield surveillance. The initial contract is valued at 6 MSEK ($580,000) with substantial growth potential expected.

Drone technology has emerged as a game-changer in modern warfare, revolutionizing the way military operations are conducted. Drones–unmanned aerial vehicles–have significantly transformed the battlefield and enhanced military capabilities. Nano drones measure less than 15 centimeters across and are equipped with advanced sensors and cameras allowing them to operate in low-light and low-visibility conditions.

“This win is the first cross-selling deal since Handheld became part of MilDef and it showcases the synergies between the two companies. We’ve taken Handheld’s custom device development skills together with MilDef’s military expertise to provide a customized solution for our client’s unique requirements,” says Fredrik Jacobsson, CEO Handheld Group. “Handheld’s rugged Android tablets are powerful, compact, and will revolutionize the field operations for dismounted soldiers.”

About Handheld

Handheld Group is a manufacturer and global supplier of rugged mobile computers, including handhelds, tablets and customized devices. Handheld and its partners worldwide deliver complete mobility solutions to businesses in industries such as geomatics, logistics, forestry, public transportation, utilities, construction, maintenance, mining, military and security. Handheld Group, part of MilDef, is headquartered in Sweden with subsidiaries in the U.K, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and the USA.

About MilDef

MilDef was founded in 1997 in Helsingborg, Sweden. The company delivers tactical IT, including rugged hardware, software, and services. MilDef’s products are sold to more than 160 customers through MilDef’s subsidiaries in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the United States and Australia, and through partner networks in more than 30 countries, predominantly within the EU. MilDef Group is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.mildef.com

Media Contacts

Fredrik Jacobsson
CEO, Handheld Group
+46 510 54 71 70

Sofia Löfblad
Marketing Director, Handheld Group
+46 510 54 71 70

Amy Urban
Marketing Director, Handheld US

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