A Little History
Theiss UAV Solutions began as Theiss Aviation, Inc., and was originally founded in 1991. Based in Salem, OH, Theiss Aviation, Inc. designed, built, and tested Light Homebuilt and Ultralight Aircraft for General Aviation. The company developed and refined an inexpensive, lightweight construction method that proved to be very strong and easy to work with for aircraft applications. Theiss Aviation, Inc. was able to produce aircraft that resembled popular aircraft from the 1920's and 30's, but at a weight and performance level that classified them as Ultralights. Through numerous national and international magazine articles, Theiss Aviation, Inc. was exposed to all realms of aviation and their members.
In 1998, The Head of the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division's Offboard Countermeasures Vehicle Research Section for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratories (Washington, D.C.) contacted Theiss Aviation, Inc. after reading one of the aforementioned magazine articles. The military was in need of lightweight, expendable, Tactical UAV's for use in conjunction with I.T.T., and Theiss Aviation seemed to have the solution! Within 90 days of the first meeting with NRL, Theiss Aviation delivered their first Tactical UAV.
From that point on the company became committed to supplying the Department of Defense with quality inexpensive, high performance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and their associated Sub-components. Theiss Aviation established itself as a “Leader in Innovative Aircraft Design”, providing services such as UAV designing, prototyping, testing and production for clientele such as I.T.T, the Naval Research Laboratories, NAVAIR, CECOM, the U.S. Army, the Air Force Research Laboratories, NASA, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).