Israeli drone tech startup Airobotics opened its US headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona on Tuesday, according to an AZ Central report.
Founded in 2014 by Meir Kliner and Ran Krauss, Airobotics has developed a pilotless drone solution which is the first of its kind in the global market.
The company, which has raised over $70 million in funding, already has offices in Australia, as well as some operations in Chile and New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean. It employes some 250 people across the world and plans to add 8- more jobs in Arizona by the end of 2019, according to the report.
Airobotics first US client will be BHP, a multinational mining corporation.
“When deciding where to launch our first US office, Arizona was the top choice for us as it has a strong mining industry, great weather conditions for drone testing, and potential partners we’re excited to work with,” Airobotics CEO Ran Krauss told AZ Central.
“The state and local governments are very supportive of autonomous and aviation technologies and the UAV industry specifically, aligning with our plans to operate UAVs beyond visual line of sight in the US,” he added.
Krauss also told Venture Beat that Airobotics drones are used in factories, paper mills, solar fields, and oil and gas operations.