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A U.S. Army soldier launches a RQ-11B Raven. Photo: SPC. Joshua E. Powell, U.S. Army.

A U.S. Army soldier launches a RQ-11B Raven. Photo: SPC. Joshua E. Powell, U.S. Army.


WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)


AeroVironment is to supply RQ-11B Raven unmanned aerial vehicles to seven U.S. allies.


AeroVironment Inc., a manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles, is supplying its hand-launched RQ-11B Raven system to seven allied countries. The countries, which were not identified, are obtaining the Raven -- together with spare parts and contractor logistics services -- through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

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3 octobre 2014 5 03 /10 /octobre /2014 11:20
AeroVironment to supply Raven and Puma spare parts to US Army

A US soldier assembles a RQ-11 Raven UAV for aerial tactical Reconnaissance of insurgents in Taji, Iraq. Photo: courtesy of the US Department of Defense, photo by tech sergeant Russell E. Cooley IV, US Air Force (released).


3 October 2014 army-technology.com


AeroVironment has been awarded a series of contracts for the supply of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) spare parts to the US Army.


The contracts have a combined value of $27.2m, and cover the delivery of spare parts for the RQ-11B Raven and RQ-20A Puma AE systems.


AeroVironment UAS business segment senior vice-president and general manager Roy Minson said: "Recapitalising the army's large fleet of Raven and Puma AE systems ensures that soldiers have the most effective and reliable small UAS available to support them, wherever and whenever required.


"With AeroVironment original spare parts and upgrades, operators can continue to rely on our combat-proven solutions to deliver better information on-demand, and help them operate more safely and effectively."


The latest orders take the total value of contracts received by the company since May for Raven and Puma AE UAS spare parts and Raven upgrades to $77.6m.


Weighing 4.5lb, the RQ-11B Raven is a lightweight SUAS, designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military operations, such as low-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and target acquisition missions at ranges of up to 10km.


Comprising three aircraft, two ground control stations and spares, the backpackable, hand-launched sensor platform is widely used by US forces for base security, route reconnaissance, mission planning and force protection operations.


The Puma AE is a third-generation, man-portable and hand-launched SUAS, designed primarily for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions.


Each Puma system features three air vehicles and two ground-control systems. It can fly at a maximum speed of 83km/h and stay airborne for a maximum of two hours using a rechargeable battery.


The drone can also be configured to perform battle damage assessment, maritime intervention operations, visit board search seizure and search and rescue, as well as port and coastal patrolling and drug interdiction missions.


Deliveries under the contract are expected to start within the next year.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 16:20
US Army Orders Switchblade Attack UAVs

August 29, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: AeroVironment, Inc.; issued August 28, 2013)


Aerovironment Receives $15.8 Million In Orders Under A United States Army Contract for Switchblade Tactical Missile Systems


MONROVIA, Calif. --- AeroVironment, Inc. (AVAV) announced that it has received a total of $15.8 million in orders under a contract for Switchblade tactical missile systems, ancillary equipment and support.


The United States Army Close Combat Weapons Systems Program Executive Office Missiles and Space (PEO MS) awarded these contract options. AeroVironment and its strategic teammate for advanced warheads, ATK, will continue to work together to produce and deliver the systems.


The initial contract was issued on August 30, 2012 in support of the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF). The scope of work under this contract includes operational and training rounds plus training, support and rapid delivery to support ongoing customer operations. AeroVironment has received five separate orders totaling $15.8 million under this contract, including the most recent on July 29, 2013.


“Switchblade is the first smart loitering weapon, giving our troops a new force protection capability that can deliver precision effects kilometers away with in-flight retargeting, target verification and pinpoint delivery, all resulting in little or no collateral effects,” said Roy Minson, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. “AeroVironment and ATK stand ready to deliver more Switchblade systems to protect our troops.”


“Adoption of innovative new solutions within the Department of Defense is difficult in today’s budget constrained environment,” added Tim Conver, AeroVironment chairman and chief executive officer. “These follow-on procurements of Switchblade systems demonstrate our customer’s confidence in this unique capability and the persistence required for the successful adoption and deployment of innovative solutions.”


Conver added, “Switchblade is just one of a number of new opportunities driving AeroVironment’s long-term growth. We are confident that our strategy is working and that our investments in pioneering new products and technologies are creating sustainable long-term value for our customers and our stockholders.”


A February 2013 news article quoted the REF’s director as saying, “Theater came in and said, ‘We need dramatically more’ ” (Switchblade systems) than those supplied in late 2012. In March 2013 the Army released a presolicitation notification on the Federal Business Opportunities website for an intent to award a new sole source contract to AeroVironment for Switchblade tactical missile systems. That contract has yet to be awarded.


Switchblade provides a high-precision, direct fire capability at beyond-line-of-sight ranges in a rapidly deployable, backpackable package weighing six pounds.



AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops, produces, operates and supports an advanced portfolio of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and electric transportation solutions. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s electric-powered, hand-launched unmanned aircraft systems extensively to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and communication.

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