AeroVironment Wins More Raven Production

by: Matthew Potter
March 13, 2012

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update – Edited the post to make clear that the contract is just for logistics support and not new systems.

The U.S. Army awarded AeroVironment (AVAV) a contract for further production of the hand-launched Raven small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The Ravens are used by small units for local area reconnaissance and surveillance.

The contract is worth a little over $11 million and will provide logistic support for deployed Raven systems not only for the Army but also the Marine Corps and any Foreign Military Sales (FMS).

AeroVironment makes a series of different UAV’s for use by military, law enforcement and other government agencies. The company is also investing in electric vehicles and power management solutions. They manufacture a home charging station for electric vehicles as well as supporting electric car design and development.

As with all OEM companies they also provide training and engineering support for their products.

The UAV market has done well over the last decade as the U.S. military especially has invested in thousands of systems to support operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. This investment should continue even as the U.S. withdraws its troops and fighting ends. There will be focus on improving UAV payload, range and capabilities.

AeroVironment is working to develop the ultra long range, persistent Global Observer UAV which is powered by hydrogen fuel rather then a conventional engine. Boeing (BA) is also working on a similar system utilizing solar and other renewable fuels.

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