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Unmanned Aircraft Changing Soldiers’ Battlefield Perspective

January 13, 2010

Soldiers need the tactical advantages their unmanned aircraft systems provide to be integrated into their units, so they aren't forced to endure lengthy approval chains that can cost lives, according to UAS experts.

"Most of the living and dying is going on in squad, platoon and company level in this fight. So you have to give those Soldiers what they need, when they need it. And they need it all the time," said Glenn A. Rizzi, deputy director and senior technical advisor of the United States Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Nissan North America Selects AV To Install Home-Charging Stations For Nissan Leaf

January 11, 2010
Agreement part of one-stop shop experience for EV purchase process

DETROIT (Jan. 11, 2010) -- Nissan North America (NNA) today announced its selection of AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) (AV) to supply electric vehicle home-charging stations and installation services supporting the introduction of the zero-emission, all-electric Nissan LEAF later this year.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Nissan North America Selects AV To Install Home-Charging Stations For Nissan Leaf

January 11, 2010

Agreement part of one-stop shop experience for EV purchase process.

Detroit, Mich. - Nissan North America (NNA) today announced its selection of AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) (AV) to supply electric vehicle home-charging stations and installation services supporting the introduction of the zero-emission, all-electric Nissan LEAF later this year.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment Receives $23.9 Million Order For Army & Marine Corps Digital Raven Systems And Kits

December 21, 2009
AeroVironment Receives $23.9 Million Order for Army and Marine Corps Digital Raven Systems and Digital Upgrade Kits

MONROVIA, Calif., Dec. 21, 2009 -- AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) today announced that it received a $23,926,917 firm fixed-price order under an existing contract. This contract modification comprises digital Raven systems and kits to upgrade existing analog Raven® systems currently being used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps with AV's digital data link.   -> View More

AV’s Small UAS Profiled In Machine Design Magazine

December 16, 2009

Every military leader facing hostile forces wants to know what's over the horizon, the location of enemy forces, and what they're up to. In the past, a trooper or two would venture out as scouts on an incredibly dangerous mission in the hopes of returning with useful information. These days, well-equipped armies no longer rely on humans scouts. Instead, they send up small unmanned aircraft, micro-air vehicles (MAVs), that can remain almost invisible to the enemy, stay on station for a few hours monitoring enemy forces or specific areas, and send back video images with GPS precision about where the action is - all without risking a life.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

TÜV SÜD America Expands Battery Testing Services

December 03, 2009

Auburn Hills, Michigan - December 3, 2009 - TÜV SÜD America Inc., a global testing and certification firm, has increased the scope of the Battery Testing services it provides. Two sites are involved in this expansion, Auburn Hills and Holland, Michigan. Both locations will see additional investments in 2009 and early 2010. With the addition of advanced battery cyclers from AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV), TÜV SÜD America will provide its customers with battery testing and simulation services on a global scale. Since the 1990s, AeroVironment has supplied EV and electric system test equipment to electric vehicle, fuel cell, and battery manufacturers around the world.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment, Inc. Industry Support and Challenges

December 01, 2009

Reprinted with permission: ARMY AVIATION Magazine

U.S. Army Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have driven the growing demand for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets to support combat operations. The rapid increase in the number of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), providing real-time visual information to field commanders, helps to satisfy this demand.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

EnerDel To Deploy AV’s Advanced Electric Vehicle Power Cycling And Test Systems At Indiana Facility

November 30, 2009
MONROVIA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2009 -- AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that automotive lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel, a subsidiary of Ener1, Inc. (NASDAQ: HEV), will be using a portion of its recent federal stimulus grant to purchase eight AV advanced electric vehicle power cycling and test systems.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Army to Expand Raven Family of Unmanned Aircraft

November 17, 2009

Soldiers like the Raven unmanned aircraft - the smallest in the Army's inventory - because they can lug it around in a rucksack and launch it into the air by hand. Ground commanders now want the flexibility to fly the system higher and for longer periods.

Officials at the Army's unmanned aircraft systems program are proposing a new concept for the Raven. They are looking to expand it into a set of Ravens of three different sizes, says Col. Gregory Gonzalez, project manager of the UAS program. One would be smaller than the current Raven, the other would be larger to give troops more options.

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Electric-Car Target of 200 Million Urged by Nissan, FedEx

November 16, 2009

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Electric vehicles should provide three-fourths of U.S. driving needs by 2040, with oil imports effectively "reduced to zero," executives from companies including Nissan Motor Co., PG&E Corp. and FedEx Corp. said.

Meeting the goal for more than 200 million electric vehicles would require $130 billion in spending on efforts such as building battery-charging stations, according to a report today by the Electrification Coalition, a Washington-based group led by transportation and energy industry executives.

"Heavy reliance on petroleum has created unsustainable risks to American economic and national security," the group said. "Electrified transportation has clear advantages."

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