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Zenith AeroTech, VIRTEX Team up to Scale Long-Endurance, Tethered Drones

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January 6, 2022

Zenith AeroTech, which develops heavy-lift tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs), has announced a strategic partnership with VIRTEX Enterprises, an Austin, Texas-based electronics manufacturing service provider. The partnership will help the companies meet increasing demand for more TAVs in shorter timeframes and for the platforms to be NDAA compliant.

Zenith AeroTech offers industrial, federal government, first response, telecommunications and military customers three different TAV platforms that can be customized: Hexa, Quad 8 and Quadro (pictured). Through Zenith’s Ground Power-Tether Management System, the TAVs can stay aloft for days at a time to deliver persistent surveillance. VIRTEX provides engineering services, design, system level integration and full life cycle management services for aerospace, military and commercial customers.

“This new partnership allows our two companies to leverage their individual areas of expertise,” said Kutlay Kaya, chairman of Zenith AeroTech. “Zenith brings years of custom-made TAV and free-flight drone design and manufacturing experience, while VIRTEX – an AS 9100 accredited organization – contributes its sought-after advanced electronics design, manufacturing, and testing capabilities.”

VIRTEX’s U.S.-based manufacturing capability and aerospace experience will also allow Zenith to scale up production to meet larger volume orders, Kaya added.

“Ther vertical capabilities of our two companies include full system design, manufacture and integrated test,” added Dana Pittman, executive vice president of VIRTEX. “We offer leading-edge custom solutions that support multiple channels, including defense. With this partnership, VIRTEX and Zenith will build complex systems to address diverse and complex problem sets.”

For more information on the companies, visit the Zenith AeroTech website here, and the VIRTEX website here.

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