Skyborne Awarded a Sovereign Industrial Capability Grant for Advanced Weapon Capability

Skyborne Technologies is delighted to be awarded a Sovereign Industrial Capability Program grant from the Australian federal government for advanced weapons development and manufacture.

The $462,690 grant allows Skyborne to acquire advanced manufacturing assets, on-board the former Metal Storm armourer, achieve the appropriate weapons licenses and develop advanced weaponry for Cerberus GL UAS.

Skyborne's directors would like to thank the Centre for Defence Industry Capability and the Australian Defence Force for their support of this project and the Federal Government generally for putting this program in place.

CEO Dr. Michael Creagh said "We are very impressed with the fast turn-around of the SICP grant process, which aligns very well with the fast pace of innovation at Skyborne. The flexibility of operations this weapon enables with Cerberus will give us a keen edge in the market."

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Skyborne Welcomes former Metalstorm Armourer Mark Davison to the Company

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We are delighted to have Mark Davison on board as Skyborne's full-time armourer and workshop lead (photo: far right).

Mark is the former armourer for Metalstorm, which included; design, modification, R & D, assembly and testing of prototype systems. R & D, assembly/loading, testing & documentation of experimental ammunition.

He started his career in the Marine Engineering Dept of the Royal Australian Navy, completing his Fitting & Machining Trade through Sydney Tech. as well as certificates in Diesel generators, distilling plants, refrigeration, pneumatic & hydraulic systems.

Subsequently, he worked in an Armourer/Gunsmith capacity for a gun shop, building custom firearms to order, as well as modifying existing weapons  for greater reliability & accuracy, for competition use. Mark was also a consistent member of the Qld I.P.S.C State Team, during this time.

We feel privileged to be continuing the legacy of Brisbane defence innovation. 

Skyborne mentioned in Parliament

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Skyborne is pleased to be featured in a media statement by Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games, The Honourable Kate Jones.

Skyborne received a grant in round 2 of the government’s Ignite Ideas program to further development on the Cerberus GL platform and have secured a Series A funding following the initial support for Cerberus GL.

Dr Michael Creagh, CEO, says “It has been an amazing two years for Skyborne under Advance Queensland's Ignite Ideas program, securing a Series A round of investment to expand our engineering team and manufacturing capabilities to deliver a commercialised product to interested parties. Raising capital for the next generation of tactical UAVs is not an easy undertaking and without grant programs like Ignite Ideas, companies like ours face an even greater struggle.”

CBO Adrian Dudok says “With the continued support from the Queensland Government, Skyborne will contribute towards the focus on strengthening Queensland’s defence and manufacturing industry. The export opportunities are endless and we’ve received some serious interest from the US and Middle East.”

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Skyborne to participate in Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment 2020

Skyborne is delighted to have been selected for the US Army Maneuver Battle Lab's Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE2020).

We will be working in with the US Army to partake in live fire excursions and force-on-force events at Fort Benning, Georgia. This is a fantastic opportunity for Skyborne to demonstrate our Cerberus UAS to not only US Army infantry, but also a small contigent of British and (most likely) Australian troops. We look forward to their honest feedback so we can rapidly iterate on our designs and functionality to provide something useful in the field.

Initial feedback from the Initial Planning Conference has been highly encouraging and we look forward to the upcoming events over the next twelve months.

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Skyborne Technologies armed with US$2.45M capital raise

Skyborne Technologies is proud to announce the completion of Series A capital raise of US$2.45M. The funds will support the growth and continued development of the lightest armed micro tactical UAV, targeting the defence and law enforcement market. The capital raised is from a private institutional investor based in Abu Dhabi, UAE who seeks opportunities with tech start-ups in the early stages of growth. Skyborne’s existing shareholders welcome the new investor as a shareholder and investor board member.  The investment will grow the company over the next 24 months to further develop and mature the target and firing weapon system on Skyborne’s Cerberus GL UAV that will lead to commercialisation. 

The US$2.45M Series A capital raised will be used as much needed working capital to develop Skyborne’s bespoke targeting and firing control system. The funds will support the expansion of the team from 3 to 10 full time employees, securing a commercial premise (mixed office and workshop) and procurement of hardware for the development and testing of the integrated system.  

The investment establishes an aggressive tech development timeline to get Cerberus GL to market. Within 6 months a live firing demonstration will be performed to demonstrate the capabilities of Cerberus GL. The following 18 months will allow Skyborne to refine the platform for commercialisation efforts in anticipation for customer trials and sales.  

The investment is the largest amount of capital the company has raised to date and is an important milestone. The success is off the back of the 12-month Queensland State Government Advance QLD Ignite Ideas Fund awarded to the company to design and assemble 2 flying prototypes of the Cerberus GL. The recent investment into the Queensland economy has ensured Queensland’s defence industry strengthen and allows SMEs, like Skyborne Technologies, to participate and innovative hardware products. The investment has also created additional jobs in the QLD economy, which is one of the key goals for the state government. The Australian Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper and Integrated Investment Program projected an increase in defence spend over the decade to 2025-26 to close to AU$450 billion. 

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Company Background

Skyborne Technologies was founded in 2014 and based in Brisbane, Australia. The company founders are Dr. Michael Creagh (CEO/CTO) and Mr. Adrian Dudok (CBO/CFO). Since 2014 the R&D company has been developing a tri-tilt rotor UAV platform suitable for consumer, commercial and the defence market. The company decided to focus on a niche within the defence and law enforcement market, adapting an armament to the unique UAV platform design. Two years on, the company has secured capital to continue development efforts for the lightest armed micro tactical UAV, named the Cerberus GL.  

Skyborne’s Cerberus GL is the lightest armed micro tactical Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV), at around 6 kgs. It provides both law enforcement and defence force an airborne direct fire support UAV with multi-threat engagement, in addition to providing standard Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) small UCAVs on the market.   

The unique tri-tilt rotor platform design allows for the airframe to be used the primary gimbal to gross aim an armament, such as 40mm grenades (HE, Smoke, Flashbang, Tear gas), without the need for a low-slung, heavy gimbal system. The unique airframe design allows for a small light weight armed UAV.  

Skyborne attends IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi

In late February, Skyborne attended the IDEX Exhibit 2019. What a show! The opening ceremony involved over 50 armoured vehicles, 8 fighter jets and 5 helicopters, not to mention an amazing pyrotechnic display. 

We had official visits from His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Head of State for National Security and Vice Marshal Ibrahim Nasser Mohammed Al Alawi, head of United Arab Emirates Air Force. 

Cerberus GL received much focused attention from defence forces across the globe and we can now move forward with our business model in confidence. In the entire exhibit, Cerberus was the only man-packable multi-shot UAS. The loitering munitions market is becoming crowded and is currently engaged in a pricing war. Kalashnikov for example, have produced a fixed-wing cruise missile at a fraction of the cost of Aerovironment's Switchblade.

The advantages of Cerberus GL over loitering munitions were clearly and easily understood by all our visitors, including cost per shot (price of a standard 40mm grenade round), speed of projectile onto target, the ability to perform ISR after the fire mission and operational flexibility.     

Many thanks to those that assisted in our preparations and our exhibit, including the Skyborne Engineering team and Algorythma.  Also thanks to Team Defence Australia for their function invitations throughout the week.

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Skyborne off to a Strong Start in 2019

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For Skyborne, 2018 was a very successful year with regards to technology development, partnerships, consulting and international business. With project funding now secured, we look forward to a productive year in 2019.

Skyborne has doubled our engineering team size this year. I would like to welcome our new engineering staff: Eran Medagoda, Joseph Zhou, Joshua Luckel and Sam Mulhern.  With a combined wealth of experience in guidance navigation and control, embedded systems, electronics and software, we look forward to their contributions to the Skyborne mission in the coming months.

Congratulations to Joshua Wilson for being shortlisted for the AVALON 2019 Innovation Awards! Joshua was also a finalist for the Land Forces 2018 Innovation Awards last year.

We are excited about the new year and working deeper with the Australian Defence Force and Australian defence industry. More to come.

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