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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Industry Unveils New Unmanned Aircraft Technology

October 17, 2016

AeroVironment — the manufacturer of Army drones such as the Raven and Puma — unveiled a new tiny unmanned aircraft at the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference this week in Washington, D.C. Known as the Snipe, the system weighs 130 grams, can loiter for 20 minutes and has a range of 1 kilometer. It also comes equipped with an electro-optic and infrared camera, said David Sharpin, vice president of UAS business development at AeroVironment’s unmanned aircraft systems division.

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AeroVironment Introduces New Remote-Controlled Multi-Pack Launcher for its Switchblade and Blackwing Tactical Missile Systems

October 04, 2016
  • New all-environment launch system enables remote launch of Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System rounds for Forward Operating Base and Mobile Force Protection
  • AeroVironment’s Blackwing loitering reconnaissance aircraft can also be launched in rapid succession from ground vehicles and surface vessels to enable rapid-response Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Cross-Domain operations

WASHINGTON at Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 4, 2016 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both military and commercial applications, today introduced a Multi-Pack Launcher (MPL) for its Switchblade® Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System and its Blackwing™ tube-launched unmanned aircraft.

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United States Army Awards AeroVironment $22.8 Million Contract for Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems (LMAMS) and Support Services

October 03, 2016

  • Funding approved through Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement, reflecting high priority requirement and strong pull from the frontline
  • AeroVironment will deliver its Switchblade Block 10C through this contract to meet urgent requirement
  • AeroVironment provides full system capability, including Switchblade systems, operator training, support and logistics

WASHINGTON at Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 3, 2016AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both military and commercial applications, today announced the United States Army Close Combat Weapons Systems Project Office has awarded the company a contract for Block 10C Switchblade™ Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems (LMAMS) and support services valued at $22,776,812 through a Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement.Delivery is anticipated within 12 months.

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Eye In The Sky: Task Force Hurricane Teaches Kenyan Defense Forces How to Fly

September 20, 2016

Kenyan Defense Force Military Intelligence Battalion members received basic training on assembly, disassembly, repair, and preventative maintenance for the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven as those topics relate to basic mission planning and advanced flight plans.

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United States Navy Demonstrates Cross-Domain Communications, Command and Control via AeroVironment Blackwing Submarine-Launched UAV

September 06, 2016
  • AeroVironment’s Blackwing Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) links manned submarines to unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) while providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • End-to-end system testing completed by Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport Rhode Island validates first UUV-to-submarine link via UAV data relay
  • Blackwing’s tight integration into the US Navy’s submarine fleet using an open-architecture communication system will enable communication and control of multiple unmanned vehicles over long distance

RHODE ISLAND, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport Division, Sept. 7, 2016AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both military and commercial applications, today announced the United States Navy has successfully demonstrated the use of its submarine-launched BlackwingTM UAV to link with a swarm of unmanned undersea vehicles and communicate with the submarine combat control system during the Annual Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) on August 16.

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AeroVironment Teams with Australia-based XTEK, Sentient Vision and General Dynamics Mediaware to Offer Small UAS to the Australian Army and Special Forces

September 05, 2016
  • The AeroVironment Australia team provides complete, end-to-end system capabilities to support Australian customers
  • The Wasp AE Micro Air Vehicle is the first of AeroVironment’s Family of Unmanned Aircraft Systems to be adopted by the Australian Armed Forces
  • Wasp AE Micro Air Vehicle systems operate virtually undetected to deliver superior intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in both ground and maritime operations

ADELAIDE, Australia, At Land Forces 2016, Sept. 6, 2016AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced it is teaming with Australia-based XTEK, Sentient Vision and General Dynamics (GD) Mediaware to deliver AeroVironment’s Family of Unmanned Aircraft Systems to the Australian market. The team will offer the AeroVironment Wasp AE Micro Air Vehicle, designated as the RQ-12A by the U.S. Department of Defense, to the Australian Armed Forces.

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United States Navy Deploying Newly Designated RQ-20B AeroVironment Puma AE with Precision Recovery System Aboard Guided Missile Destroyer

August 11, 2016
  • AeroVironment’s Precision Recovery System enables block 2 Puma AE to operate from a wide variety of vessels for rapid response reconnaissance
  • Hand launched from the ship, Puma AE autonomously guides itself into a net on the flight deck after mission completion
  • ISR data from Puma AE streams directly into the ship’s command and control system and the U.S. Navy’s communications network

MONROVIA, Calif., Aug. 11, 2016 -- AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced the United States Navy has tested and deployed the RQ-20B Puma™ small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) aboard a Flight I Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG Class). Some of these exercises included the use of AeroVironment’s fully autonomous system to recover the aircraft aboard a ship. The US Navy issued a report on August 3 from the Arabian Gulf describing how Puma AE is also being utilized (see “US Ships Utilize Small Eye in the Sky”) on Navy Patrol Craft.

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US Navy Patrol Ship Tests New ‘Eye in the Sky’ in Arabian Gulf

August 05, 2016
The Navy says that the small unmanned aircraft system is easily assembled and can be utilized from numerous platforms throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation (AOO).

Weighing approximately 14 pounds, the small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can provide more than three hours of flight time with a range of 15 kilometers and operating altitude of 500 feet. Equipped with an electro-optical and an infrared camera, the Puma can be manually operated or by GPS.   -> View More

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PosiCharge Maker AeroVironment Promotes National Forklift Safety Day

June 14, 2016
  • AeroVironment opportunity and fast charging solutions for electric forklifts reduce the number of batteries and the need for battery rooms, therefore improving safety
  • Battery Rx™ reduces the number of batteries consumed, helping cut industry’s carbon footprint and emissions
  • Connect Rx™ promotes industry leading operational safety by detecting abnormalities at cable connections during charging
  • AeroVironment electric forklift chargers help reduce toxic fumes generated by IC forklifts by promoting and enabling the efficient use of electric forklifts

SIMI VALLEY, Calif, June 14, 2016 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a leading supplier of industrial fast and opportunity charging solutions for electric forklifts, is proudly participating this week in the Industrial Truck Association’s (ITA) National Forklift Safety Day.

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Defense Secretary Likes What He Sees at Base Including AeroVironment Blackwing UAS

June 03, 2016
If Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter has his way, there will soon be a Base Realignment and Closure Commission process to reduce the Pentagon’s large overhead costs.   -> View More

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