DroneShield gets $4.3M order from U.S. government client

DroneShield, a supplier of counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) products, said it has received a $4.3 million “repeat order” from an unidentified U.S. government customer, news that comes about eight months after the Australian firm announced that it had landed a contract with a U.S. government customer, also unnamed.

That July 2023 announcement said DroneShield expected full payment on that contract to occur before the end of 2023, so the new order appears to be separate. Regarding the new order, DroneShield said it will deliver” a number of its handheld C-UAS systems” using available stock on hand to complete the order within 15 days after it was announced. 

The company added in a statement, “DroneShield has been working with this customer for several years, with a number of smaller preceding orders. This is the first material contract from the customer, and subsequent material larger orders are expected in near term.”

DroneShield also has done business with international defense alliances and other parties, and the company last month said that it had recorded $55.1 million in revenue during its 2023 fiscal year, three-times the amount it pulled in during its 2022 fiscal year. 

Generally, drone defense technology companies have acknowledged that the Russia-Ukraine war drove increasing demand for C-UAS, and more recently the Israel-Hamas conflict has increased urgency around scaling up counter-drone measures. DefenseScoop recently reported that the U.S. Army included $500 million for counter-drone technology in its 2025 fiscal year budget request.

“Widespread global conflict continues to provide clear evidence of the rapid evolution of unmanned systems.” said Tom Branstetter, Director of Business Development. “This U.S. government end-user has and always will require cutting-edge capabilities to maintain its decisive advantage. This initial order is a testament to our team’s unwavering commitment to addressing complex challenges and further highlights our key position in the counter-unmanned systems space.”

Aside from the recent order, DroneShield also late last month sadi it had started developing software-defined radio technology to be part of its next-generation C-UAS products.