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Aerosonde Ltd

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Aerosonde Ltd
ProductsUAV aircraft
ParentAAI Corporation, Textron Systems

Aerosonde Ltd, now part of Textron Systems Unmanned Systems,[1] is an Australian-based developer and manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles, including the AAI Corporation Aerosonde series.[2] The company has customers in Australia, Asia and North America who use its vehicles for reconnaissance and meteorological applications.[3]


The Aerosonde platform, then the sole product of Insitu inc. gained prominence on 21 August 1998 when an Aerosonde "Laima"[4] became the first unmanned aerial vehicle to cross the North Atlantic, covering a 3270 km route in a time of 26 hrs 45 min.[5]

On 22 June 2006, Aerosonde Ltd was acquired by the AAI Corporation. AAI was acquired in 2007 by Textron.[6]


Summary of aircraft built by Aerosonde
Model name First flight Number built Type
AAI Corporation Aerosonde 1998 1+ UAV


  1. ^ Lionel, Ekene (13 October 2022). "Textron Systems delivers Aerosonde 4.7 VTOL drones to Nigerian Army". Military Africa.
  2. ^ "Aerosonde Mark 4.7 Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS)". Naval Technology.
  3. ^ Katz, Justin (4 April 2022). "Textron's Aerosonde UAS operating in 7th Fleet, second drone coming this year". Breaking Defense.
  4. ^ "Where will Insitu land?". The Columbian.
  5. ^ Ahn, J. H. (19 December 2016). "N.Korea possibly copied world-record holding drone, images suggest | NK News". NK News – North Korea News.
  6. ^ "AAI Corp Acquires Leading Australian UAV Developer Aerosonde" June 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
    - "Textron Buys UAV Makers AAI & Aerosonde", Defense Industry Daily, 10 October 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2012.

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