Boeing has teamed with Robotic Skies, a brokered global network of more than 160 independently-owned and operated repair stations providing MRO on commercial UAVs, including to offer supply chain management and analytics.
According to a joint statement, the companies intend to provide “unified operations services” for both existing commercial UAS operators and newcomers. Boeing, and namely its subsidiaries Jeppesen and Aviall, and Robotic Skies will jointly pursue opportunities to leverage their manned aviation programs and extend them into the UAS market, including providing services for commercially-focused regulatory compliance, ground support, training, MRO, parts distribution, field upgrades and vehicle retrofit capabilities.
"This agreement represents a foundational step for the advancement of commercial UAS operations that will meet the requirements of today and help shape the future of unmanned flight,” said Brad Hayden, Robotic Skies CEO.
"We continue our dedication to working with the top providers in the industry to increase our presence in the commercial UAS field, with the ultimate goal of helping customers operate more efficiently," said William Ampofo, vice president for business and general aviation at Boeing Global Services.
Robotic Skies has been lining up related deals, including with aircraft services provider Duncan Aviation in March.
“We anticipate that as commercial unmanned systems increase in size and mission complexities, their support infrastructure will mirror what we see in manned aviation today,” explained Kevin Miesbach, Duncan Aviation Components Business Development Manager. “As a result, our existing corporate aviation customers, who will eventually add unmanned systems to their fleets, will look to us for repair and maintenance on those airframes.”