Sagetech Avionics, along with Israeli company Ciconia LTD, has been awarded a one million-dollar grant by the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Homeland Security (HLS) program to fund the development of a mid-air conflict management and collision avoidance system for first responders and other aerial platforms. The system will be usable in both manned and unmanned air vehicles.
The BIRD HLS program is a joint initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS) that fosters strategic partnerships between companies in both countries for the purpose of joint product development.
“Sagetech is delighted to have been chosen for this BIRD Foundation grant. We’ve been working with Ciconia on a crowded airspace collision avoidance system, and this program fits very well with our intended collaboration. Together, we will be developing a unique mid-air conflict management system which marries both of our current technologies to create a solution for safe integration of crewed and uncrewed air vehicles in very dense airspace. This grant will help accelerate a critical technology development and advance a powerful international partnership,” remarked Tom Furey, CEO of Sagetech Avionics.