Aerosonde Ltd

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Aerosonde Ltd
ProductsUAV aircraft
ParentAAI Corporation, Textron Systems

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


The company gained prominence on 21 August 1998 when an Aerosonde "Laima" became the first unmanned aerial vehicle to cross the North Atlantic, covering a 3270 km route in a time of 26 hrs 45 min.[citation needed]

On 22 June 2006, Aerosonde Ltd was acquired by the AAI Corporation. AAI was acquired in 2007 by Textron.[1]


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


  1. ^ "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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