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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment Completes Development and Begins Production of Switchblade Tactical Missile System Upgrade

April 28, 2016
  • New digital Switchblade, Block 10C, incorporates AeroVironment Digital Data Link for enhanced communication security and other capabilities
  • Continues evolution of proven Switchblade system to address U.S. Army Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) capability
  • Available for fielding this Spring

ATLANTA, At Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit, April 28, 2016 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced it has developed a block upgrade, designated Block 10C, to its already fielded Switchblade™ Tactical Missile system. The Digital Data Link (DDL) incorporated into Block 10C provides a stable and secure encrypted communication link that enables more efficient use of existing frequency bands and significantly reduces the likelihood of signal interception. Frequency efficiency and secure communications are critical to warfighters in today’s complex operational environment.

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AeroVironment Announces Leadership Transition Plan

April 04, 2016

Tim Conver Announces Retirement as CEO, Effective May 1; Will Continue to Serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors

SIMI VALLEY, Calif.-  AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Wahid Nawabi, currently president and chief operating officer, as chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective May 2, 2016. Mr. Nawabi succeeds Tim Conver, who will retire as CEO effective May 1, 2016, and remain chairman of the Board.

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Drones Break the Ice on Antarctic Deep-Freeze Mission [Video]

March 23, 2016
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter for the first time used unmanned aircraft to help it navigate the frozen continent’s icy inlet during a crucial summertime mission.   -> View More

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AeroVironment Focuses on Maritime UAS Ops

February 15, 2016
A recent example of maritime UAS operations was a National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center of Excellence for Unmanned Technologies test mission. A team from the California State University Channel Islands was invited to see how the Puma AE works during a test mission on the research vessel R/V Shearwater, sailing from Santa Barbara Harbor in central California to the Santa Barbara Channel.   -> View More

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QualityLogic Program and Test Tools Used by UL to Test AeroVironment and Kitu Systems Products for Conformance

February 10, 2016
AeroVironment has implemented the IEEE 2030.5 standard in its model EVSE-RS EV charging station, one of the most widely deployed home EV chargers in North America. “The IEEE 2030.5 standard is accepted and increasingly used as a communications protocol for many types of devices, including solar smart inverters,” said Alec Brooks, Chief Technology Officer for AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems business segment. “The marketplace is moving towards open standards with independent validation, and IEEE 2030.5 represents a compelling solution. The results of the UL and QualityLogic testing will increase the adoption rate for this standard and will help AeroVironment meet key criteria for deployment of new grid-tied technologies, such as electric vehicles, which we are actively supporting. It also ensures secure and reliable communications for our customers.”   -> View More

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AeroVironment Debuts New PosiCharge ProCore Series of Premium, Intelligent Chargers

February 09, 2016
  • Industry’s first electric forklift chargers to enable charger configuration and management via mobile phone app
  • Supports and charges any material handling battery – regardless of type, brand, voltage or size
  • Easy to use, easy to install, easy to configure and provides exceptional flexibility with customizable power levels and charge algorithms
  • 93% peak power efficiency and low overcharge factor makes ProCore the most efficient electric forklift charger available with the lowest monthly utility costs

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 9, 2016 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a leading supplier of industrial fast and opportunity charge systems in North America, today introduced the PosiCharge™ ProCore™ Series - a premium intelligent charging family that supports and charges any material handling battery. Ranging in power from 5kW for lower-duty vehicles to 30kW for the hardest-working electric forklifts, the new PosiCharge ProCore Series is the ideal charging solution for electric forklift fleets of all sizes.

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AeroVironment’s Puma AE UAS Supporting Coast Guard Ice Breaker for Operation Deep Freeze Resupply Mission through Treacherous Antarctic Seas

February 02, 2016
  • Puma AE hand-launched unmanned aircraft system is scouting the ice shelf ahead of the Coast Guard’s Polar Star, supporting critical ice-breaking mission to resupply McMurdo Station in Antarctica
  • First time an unmanned aircraft system has been used to assist Coast Guard in navigating Ross Sea - avoids putting crew and costly helicopters at risk

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 2, 2016 – In a development that takes the life-saving capabilities of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to one of the most remote and unforgiving regions on earth, AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced it and a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been contracted to provide the U.S. Coast Guard ice breaker Polar Star with a RQ-20A Puma™ AE unmanned aircraft system and a flight crew for the annual joint “Operation Deep Freeze,” the military component of the larger, civilian-managed U.S. Antarctic Program to re-supply the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station. The Operation Deep Freeze joint team departed Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, on December 30, 2015 and reached McMurdo Station on January 18, 2016.

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How Drones Could Advance Polar Science and Navigation (Once They Work Out the Kinks)

February 02, 2016
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has attached a delegation to this year’s Deep Freeze. The Coast Guard, just like any American in any public park these days, is fascinated by all the drones flying around, and wondered: How the hell can we make these things useful?   -> View More

Deep Freeze 2016: Another year, another journey

February 02, 2016
This blog is the first in a series of posts following the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as they journey to Antarctica for Operation Deep Freeze 2016. Follow their journey.   -> View More

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Drones Take Flight for Duke Energy

January 26, 2016
Duke Energy examines the use of small unmanned aerial systems with advanced camera payloads. In the electric utility business, safety is at the core of everything a utility does. Utility personnel ask these questions every day: How safe are we? What can we do to perform any task more safely? From the safety standpoint, the use of sUAS has numerous advantages over traditional methods.   -> View More

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