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ASW: From Systems Integrator to Industrial-Grade UAV Manufacturer

ASW was founded in 2015 by a group of aviation enthusiasts with diverse backgrounds. The founders included private flight school owners, collegiate aviation professors, human factors engineers, mechanical engineers, and unmanned systems engineers with UAS experience in both government and civilian sectors. With such a wealth of experience and expertise, and the shared vision to provide cutting-edge drone technology to organizations in need, it’s no wonder that ASW quickly made a name for itself in the industry.



Initially, ASW served as a systems integrator for larger agencies that were struggling to bring together new aircraft, avionics, payloads, teams, and training to accomplish their missions. But the company soon found itself being asked to provide drone capabilities that simply weren’t available on the market at the time. This sparked a shift towards manufacturing, sale, and support of the most industrial-grade drones in their class.

ASW is a leading manufacturer of industrial-grade drones for a wide range of applications. Over the years, we have developed a range of drones that are renowned for their ruggedness, reliability, and performance. Our flagship models include the ILM Quadcopter, HLM Quadcopter, HLM Hexacopter, and HLM Octocopter, each designed to meet the unique needs of our customers.

The ILM Quadcopter is a compact and agile drone that can navigate tight spaces with ease. It is equipped with a high-resolution camera that can capture stunning aerial footage and images.

The HLM Quadcopter is a versatile workhorse that can carry heavy payloads and perform complex missions in challenging environments. It is equipped with advanced sensors and software that enable it to fly autonomously and avoid obstacles in real-time.

The HLM Hexacopter is a powerful and stable drone that is ideal for long-range missions and aerial inspections. It is capable of flying for extended periods of time and can withstand harsh weather conditions.

The HLM Octocopter is our largest and most capable drone, designed for heavy-duty applications such as search and rescue, surveying, and mapping. It is equipped with a range of sensors and features that enable it to perform complex tasks with ease.



But ASW doesn’t just build drones. The company also offers white-label drone production, custom system design, and engineering support for payloads and peripherals. This dedication to meeting the unique needs of their customers is part of what sets ASW apart from the competition.

In 2021, ASW was acquired by Nippon Kayaku, a leading provider of industrial explosives, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals. This acquisition has only strengthened ASW’s position in the market, allowing the company to leverage Nippon Kayaku’s resources and expertise to continue providing the highest quality products and services to their customers.

As a company, ASW is committed to continuous improvement and innovation. They work closely with industry partners like CubePilot and Ardupilot to stay on the cutting edge of drone technology. ASW is also an ASTM-certified company, which means they adhere to the highest standards of safety and quality.



From their humble beginnings as a systems integrator to their current position as a leading manufacturer of industrial-grade drones, ASW has come a long way in just a few short years. Their dedication to innovation, quality, and customer service has made them a trusted partner for organizations across a wide range of industries. As ASW continues to grow and expand, it’s clear that their commitment to excellence will remain unchanged.

At ASW, we are committed to providing our customers with the best possible drone technology and support. Whether you need a custom drone solution or off-the-shelf hardware, we have the expertise and experience to meet your needs.


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Who We Are and What We Do

Aero Systems West is a leader in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry, specializing in custom UAV builds, software design, and payload integration. Our team of experts has years of experience in the aerospace and defense industries and are dedicated to providing top-quality products and services to our customers. Learn more about our company and the services we offer by exploring our website or contacting us directly. 

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