Leasing unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) is becoming a more popular option as commercial entities seek the capability and military users seek to obviate cumbersome acquisition processes.
JetLease Vice-President Katy Glynn told Jane’s she sees a growing appetite for leased unmanned platforms. Users may start leasing a smaller platform to test the capability, then realise the opportunities and soon want a larger system, she noted. “We’re really a bridge between sticking your toes in the water with the unmanned systems … and the governments and militaries who can acquire the larger UAS,” Glynn said.
JetLease – a 35-year-old provider of private, commercial, and military aircraft – is discussing lease deals with potential military and civilian clients in Asia, Australia, Canada, and the Middle East, Glynn said.