VT Group, a U.S. subsidiary of Babcock International Group PLC, announced that it has purchased the unmanned aircraft systems unit of Evergreen International Aviation Inc. Under the terms of the deal, the current Evergreen employees will join the Technical Services Division of VT Group based out of McMinnville, Oregon.
The unit provides service and support for unmanned aircraft systems including the ScanEagle and Maveric aircraft. With more than 10,000 hours of flight time, the unit is one of the leading providers of training and operations support for government and commercial customers of the unmanned aircraft systems.
VT Group currently has contracts with the Department of Defense and other government agencies to maintain and train pilots and mechanics of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. They have supported the Army’s operation of numerous helicopter platforms for more than a decade. With the acquisition of Evergreen’s unmanned aircraft systems group, VT Group intends to expand into the rapidly-growing unmanned aircraft systems market.
“Evergreen International Aviation takes exceptional pride in its 50-year legacy of matching machine to mission though innovation, flexibility and agility,” said Del Smith, Founder and Owner, Evergreen International Aviation, Inc. “Our customer relationships and service reputation are very important to us, so we would only accept a perfect fit for a company acquiring this part of our business. VT Group’s global reach and proven track record in delivering aviation support are precisely in line with our expectations, and they are perfectly positioned to service our UAS customers.”
According to a VT Group official, the unmanned aircraft systems market is set to expand by more than double in the next decade and they feel that this merger will improve VT Group’s offerings significantly by allowing them to quickly expand into that market.
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This article was written by Matthew Everett, a private pilot, aviation writer, and frequent contributor to AviationSchoolsOnline.com. You can follow him on twitter @leaving_tf or find his blog at http://leavingterrafirma.com