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Soldier Borne Sensors

By the next year, the U.S. Army plans to equip the individual warfighter with an autonomous Soldier Based Sensors (SBS) based on a miniature drone. The Army is evaluating different off the shelf solutions for this applications.

Australian Forces Select Aerovironment’s Wasp-AE Mini-UAVs

The Australian defense department selected AeroVironment's Wasp AE small unmanned aircraft system for use by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Australian order will deliver mini-drones within a period of three-year period, and support the systems for ten years. The contract is worth A$101 million(USD 74.6 million), of which the about half (US$36.5 million) will be the original manufacturer's share.

Northrop Grumman and Aerovironment are developing a new naval drone for...

DARPA is expecting to complete risk reduction studies in September, and select one of two competing designs for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (MALE UAS), to demonstrate drone operations from small and medium naval vessels by 2017.

U.S. Army increases orders for SwitchBlade microUAV based guided weapons

Award of $4.3 million increase the Switchblade funded contract value to $63.8 million

Aerovironment selected by DARPA to continue developing a persistent naval UAV

AeroVironment Inc. announced today the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected the company and its industry team to follow its successful phase I concept design effort with preliminary design for the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN).

DARPA Awards Five Contracts for the Evaluation of TERN Naval UAS

Since August 2013 the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded several contracts for concept evaluations of the ship-based Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance...

US Army Orders More Switchblades

AeroVironment, Inc. today announced it has received orders valued at $36,746,304 under a contract for Switchblade tactical missile systems, ancillary equipment and support. The new...

Solar Powered Mini-UAS

Flexible solar array manufacturer Alta Devices has recently conducted an experiment applying its flexible PV arrays onto an AeroVironment Inc. RQ-12A Puma AE small...

UAS AeroVironment’s Puma AE Certified for Commercial Operations in the Arctic

This 'Restricted category' certification marks the first time the FAA has approved a hand-launched unmanned aircraft system for commercial missions. The U.S. federal Aviation Authority...

US Army Allocates Quarter Billion US$ for Small UAS

The NOVA Block III UAS from `altavian is used by US Army Engineers to monitor aquatic habitats in Florida.
The US Army announced has awarded Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract (ID/IQ) to five manufacturers of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) worth together up to...

AeroVironment to Market Cybaero VTUAVs in the US

CybAero APID 60 'Tier II' unmanned Vertical Take off and Landing Unmanned Aerial System (VTUAV). Aerovironment now plans to market this system in the US, positioning it to fulfil new requirements for responsive ISR in support of land and naval forces. Photo: CybAero
US UAV company AeroVironment pursue VTUAV opportunities in US and NATO, teaming with the Swedish company CybAero to market medium-weight unmanned helicopters.

Sweden, Denmark Opt for PUMA AE, Wasp Mini-UAVs

Above: Wasp Launch. Photo: AeroVironment Sweden and Denmark both selected the PUMA AE for Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TAC-UAS) to support their deployed forces in Afghanistan....

U.S. Air Force Welcomes Wasp AE for the BATMAV Program with...

The U.S. Air Force has included AeroVironment’s new WASP AE to its Battlefield Air Targeting Micro Air Vehicle (BATMAV) program. This inclusion enabled the...

Digital Raven Enhanced with New Gimbaled Payload, Image Processing

RQ-11B Raven small UAS fitted with the Mantis gimballed EO Payload
Aerovironment is upgrading the RQ-11B Digital Raven with the Mantis i23 miniature multisensor payload, packing daylight video, thermal cameras and plus laser pointer. The company is also enhancing the system by processing the Raven video to trigger automatic Moving Target Indication (MTI).
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