Global plane-builder Airbus has bought tech minnow Mobilicom’s drone technology for its own drone program SkyHopper solution.

Airbus is best known for its passenger jets — but last year launched an aerial imagery business called Airbus Aerial.

The $83 billion aviation giant also uses drones for aircraft inspections.

Today Israeli tech play Mobilicom (ASX:MOB) — which is worth about $11 million — told investors Airbus had placed an order for its SkyHopper Pro drone communications solution which provides a two-way data link for commercial and industrial drones.

Stockhead has sought comment from Mobilicom as to the specifics of the order.

Mobilicom shares (ASX:MOB) over the past year.

Mobilicom says SkyHopper Pro has already been integrated into Airbus’ innovation DJI drone commercial platform solution, which aims to “broaden Airbus’ vision and demonstrate its mission operation algorithm and software in the commercial and homeland security drone space”.

“Winning a partner like Airbus will greatly accelerate the company’s development and we expect will lead to further significant opportunities in the near future,” said Mobilicom chief Oren Elkayam.

Airbus exhibited its drone platform, integrated with SkyHopper Pro, at Drones Paris Region Expo 2018, in late September.

Communications specialist Mobilicom (ASX:MOB) is best known for its wireless “mesh” network which connects phone users to each other’s handsets without the need for phone towers.

Most recently the Israeli tech company announced it was testing an “augmented reality” feature which would let rescue workers “see” a remote view of an emergency situation in real time.

It also recently was selected for “communications robotics flying car technology”.