Orbital UAV appoints new VP to drive strategic growth


Orbital UAV has appointed a former Insitu executive and US Army Colonel as vice president of US operations.

The company says Keith Hirschman will set out to use his 30 years of defence industry experience to help strengthen relationships with key UAS customers and drive growth strategy.

Todd Alder, managing director and CEO of the firm, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Keith to the Orbital UAV team at what is a transformational time for this company. Keith’s firsthand experience of managing UAS programs for the U.S. Army, combined with his previous role as Director of Defence Programs for our key customer Insitu, make him the ideal candidate to build on our recent strategic progress and provide increased insight into the operational demands of the end user.”

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At Insitu, Hirschman established the company’s inaugural Program Management Office, standardising defence program management across Insitu’s acquisition and international programs.

On his appointment, he said: “I am delighted to join Orbital UAV at a time when the Company is becoming increasingly integral to our customers’ success and making clear progress against its growth strategy.”

Adding: “My and the company’s immediate focus is on delivering the world’s best integrated propulsion systems to Insitu under our Long Term Agreement. Orbital UAV has a reputation for delivering superior quality and reliability in this field and I am looking forward to enhancing that reputation as we take the business forward.”

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