Features include faster flight and attack speeds, increased payload capability and flight time,
and an integral parachute system
PLEASANT GROVE, UT - June 13, 2019 - Fortem Technologies, Inc., the leader in airspace
awareness, security and defense for an autonomous world, announced today that it is
developing a new multi-rotor drone platform, code-named the F700 Patriot. Initiated as a project
to bring enhanced flight dynamics to the DroneHunter product line, the F700 will be an
additional option to the existing X3, F12 and M6 platforms that addresses a wide array of
customer challenges. Kendall Fowkes and Eric Fowkes, the principal contributors to the design,
were inspired to develop a purpose-built drone platform for safely pursuing and capturing a wide range of rogue drones.
“We are tremendously proud of Eric and Kendall for their tenacity in breaking new ground in
drone development. Once fully developed and tested, we anticipate that the F700 will be a
valuable asset to our C-UAS security customers, and will bring new options to our
award-winning DroneHunter product line,” said Fortem Chief Technology Officer, Adam
When complete, the new drone platform will join Fortem’s DroneHunter fleet as one of the most advanced, flexible and adaptable drones on the market today. The F700 features will include:
- Integrated, no-tangle, repackable parachute system for immediate and
beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) safe flight
- Flip-up built-in hood for quick access to internal electronic components, aiding rapid
development and maintenance
- Quick-swap battery pack that reduces time between flights and simplifies battery
- Configurable battery box placement for optimal balance with multiple payload
- Advanced body shell seal for optimal protection in all kinds of weather
- Easy-lock rotor arms and retractable landing gear for simplified shipping and storage
- Fast out-of-the-box assembly and set up
- Lightweight construction, optimal rotor and motors, and multi-battery pack choices make
long, aggressive flight times possible
“We are excited about the future of this new platform,” said Eric Fowkes. “We wanted to design
a drone that could offer greater performance and advanced safety features to make
DroneHunter an even more compelling mitigation tool for security professionals.”
“Most commercial drone platforms are built for surveillance, inspection and video which require
very stable and steady flight,” said Jeff VanShaar, Fortem VP of Engineering. “The F700
platform is being built with dynamic, aggressive athleticism and more advanced safety features,
specifically for enabling the unique autonomous beyond-visual-line-of-sight DroneHunter use
About Fortem Technologies
Fortem Technologies provides total airspace security and defense for an autonomous world, protecting designated areas such as venues, infrastructures, sites, cities and regions from the ground up. Fortem SkyDomeTM and TrueViewTM radar digitize any environment to detect, classify and provide threat assessment for all ground and airborne objects, maximizing situational awareness. Skydome provides intelligent data collection and analytics, integrates with other security sensors and systems, and ensures an appropriate integrated response better than any system in the world. DroneHunter® works seamlessly with SkyDome and is the most advanced C-UAS drone in its class. Based in Pleasant Grove, Utah, the company is privately held and backed by Boeing, Signia Venture Partners, DCVC, Mubadala Investment Company, and others.
More at www.fortemtech.com.
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