Mav6 Announces Divestiture of Airship Business

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Mav6 divests airship operations to narrow technology focus; former employees launch Stratus Aerospace.

It’s a win-win; we’re refining our technology focus and pursuing some exciting new opportunities, and the talented Stratus team can focus entirely on airship technology without having to compete for resources

Mav6 today announced that it has divested its airship business. The Vicksburg, Mississippi-based defense technology company leveraged this capability to execute work on the Blue Devil Block 2 system — a long endurance airship integrated with advanced sensor payloads built for the US Air Force. Mav6 Co-founder and Managing Director, Jay Harrison commented, “Mav6 never intended to be a company specializing in building airships.” Harrison continued, “It’s a win-win; we’re refining our technology focus and pursuing some exciting new opportunities, and the talented Stratus team can focus entirely on airship technology without having to compete for resources with Mav6’s other research and development activities.”

Former Mav6 Chief Operating Officer, now Chief Executive of Stratus Aerospace, Ken Wilson commented, "We are excited about the formation of Stratus Aerospace, LLC.” He continued, “We had a great run on the BD2 program as part of the Mav6 team and we will leverage the experience we gained to continue the pursuit of both ISR and heavy lift airship business. We wish Mav6 the very best in their technology focus."

Mav6 was established in May 2007 by Major General Buford "Buff" Blount, USA (Retired), and Mr. Adam Jay Harrison to fill a need in the global defense and security market for rapidly conceived, concept-to-implementation technology solutions to emerging global security challenges. Mav6 was recently ranked 230th on Inc. Magazine’s 2012 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies; the company was ranked 373rd in 2011.

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