Fortress UAV, a Plano-based drone repair company, has announced a deal to become the premier U.S. repair and technical support center for South Korea’s Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI), a subsidiary of the Doosan Group conglomerate. The announcement was made at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas and included the launch of DMI’s U.S. hydrogen fuel cell drones and its DS30 long endurance HRF drone.
The deal includes the news from late last month between DMI and ReadyH2, a newly formed subsidiary of Fortress, where it will provide hydrogen fuel services to DMI’s customers and dealers.
DMI says it’s the world’s first company to successfully mass-produce hydrogen-powered drones for commercial use. The DS30 drone has more than two hours more battery life and can travel more than 40 miles in a single flight.
Through the partnership, DMI’s DS30 customers will be able to order pre-filled compressed hydrogen tanks online as well as receive support including hydrogen fuel handling and safety training. This also allows them to have the reliable support needed for any drone issues with Fortress UAV’s best-in-the-industry team.
“The DMI DS30 drone is a game-changer in terms of long-endurance drone flight. Fortress UAV is honored to support DMI’s launch in North America and we look forward to delivering best-in-class services to DS30 customers and dealers,” said Brendon Mills, CEO and president of Fortress UAV, in a statement. “Our partnership with DMI will help define the next chapter of drone and hydrogen fuel technology.”
Fortress was founded in 2002 as a telecom industry repair company. But, since 2017, it has become one of the largest drone repair companies in North America with three U.S. facilities and more than 245 employees in repair services. Its drone repair services have been focused on law enforcement, public safety agencies, and commercial drone solutions.
“DMI chose ReadyH2 and Fortress UAV because of their extensive capabilities in supporting true drone operations demands,” said Doosoon Lee, CEO of DMI, in a statement. “We are pleased to partner with ReadyH2 and Fortress UAV in the support of our new DS30 HFC drone launch in the U.S. Both are key suppliers to ensure our drone customers can fully realize the potential of our long-endurance drones.”
A recently completed DMI proof-of-concept project was a 43-mile, open-ocean medical drone delivery of simulation vials between St. Croix and St. Thomas in collaboration with drone consulting group Guinn Partners, Skyfire Consulting, the US Department of Health, and Doosan with assistance from ReadyH2.
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