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Aerovironment selected by DARPA to continue developing a persistent naval UAV

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DARPA Awards Five Contracts for the Evaluation of TERN Naval UAS

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US Army Orders More Switchblades

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

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US Army Allocates Quarter Billion US$ for Small UAS

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 $248 Million. The funding will cover deliveries of small UAS systems over the next five years. The funding will cover the Army’s own UAS, as well [...]

AeroVironment Wins More Raven Production

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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Army Buys More Ravens From AeroVironment

The U.S. Army has made a significant investment in small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) over the last ten years. They use these primarily for the ISR mission attaching them to tactical maneuver units. One of the primary systems they have developed is the Raven manufactured and supported by AeroVironment (AVAV). Yesterday the Army awarded a contract to purchase a further sixty-three of the systems worth over $11 million.

This is on the heels of orders for the U.S.M.C. and upgrade kits for systems currently in service. The U.S. military plans further development and investment of all types of UAV to support their operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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DARPA awards contract to continue development of micro UAV

AeroVironment won follow-on work from DARPA to continue development of a micro UAV. See the story here. The goal is to make an aircraft that mimics flying insects. The contract is for a Nano Air Vehicle. AeroVironment had won the Phase I of the project and this will continue into Phase II. The contract has the option for going for several months if progress is made. The idea of a UAV that looks like insects, or small animals, has been mooted for some time as it seems pretty stealthy way of getting intelligence. Of course the trick is making the package small enough but with some capability.

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AeroVironment Inc announces US Air Force approves full production of Wasp III

January 4, 2008 by · Comment
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AeroVironment announced that the US Air Force had approved full production of the Wasp III hand-launched UAV. An article is here. The Wasp III was developed by DARPA, and the Air Force manages the procurement contract. Previously the USMC had bought Wasp III aircraft as well.

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