In the “potentially-first-of-its-kind-unless-I’m-really-wrong” file, the US Department of Defense is buying a commercial unmanned aircraft system for the first time that I’m aware of. The honors go to the Raytheon Cobra UAS, which I must admit always reminds me of a flying lawnmower (see pic below).
The US Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg is the procuring agency. Read the relevant document here.
DOD has leased quasi-commercial UAVs like the Boeing/Insitu Scan Eagle in the past, but I do believe this is the first time a completely commcercial UAV is being purchased.
“We’re here. We’re unmanned. Get used to it.” (Source: FAA)
Er, speaking of flying lawmowers …