The National Drone Cluster, UAS Denmark, which has grown to 165 drone related member companies since 2013, has become part of the most recent Danish defence agreement, which ensures activities in HCA Airport by the Danish Defence – The armed forces in Denmark.
On 28 January 2018, a new defence agreement was announced, which will ensure continued development of Denmark’s drone industry and pave the way for a specific collaboration agreement between UAS Denmark’s drone center and the Danish Defence. More precisely, the agreement states that the Danish Defence will ensure presence at the drone center, use its test facilities, ensure knowledge sharing and participate with representatives in a future advisory board for UAS Denmark’s drone center.
The new agreement has been received positively by Michael Larsen, Commercial Director in UAS Denmark. He is certain that this new collaboration at HCA Airport will create an even stronger foundation for the national drone cluster: “We look forward to a good collaboration with the Danish Defence’s center for drones. I am convinced that the two centers will be able to use each other’s strengths and create an even stronger foundation for the companies in the Danish drone industry together”.
Also, the strategic partner in UAS Denmark, SDU Drone Center, is positive about the new defence agreement. Brad Beach, Center Manager at SDU Drone Center and Test Center Director at UAS Denmark, sees unique perspectives in the collaboration: “In SDU Drone Center’s hangar in HCA Airport, high-tech composite- and system integrations laboratories are being developed for use in both research and to support the increasing number of drone companies. We look forward to welcoming the Danish Defence as a part of the rapidly growing drone cluster based in HCA Airport”.
Within the industry, they also see potential in the new agreement. Both in the establishment of making the drone test center in HCA Airport internationally recognized, but also in the development of Danish drone technology.
“I am pleased that the Danish Defence want to participate in and strengthen the effort of establishing an internationally recognized drone test center in HCA Airport […] Their participation in UAS Denmark will also strengthen Danish industry through knowledge sharing about the development of drones in NATO and other international fora”, Søren Petersen, Scandinavian Avionics, Vice President, Military Sales states.
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