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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment Begins Full Rate Production and Shipment of Mantis i45 EO/IR Gimbal Sensor Suite for Puma™ AE UAS

May 10, 2017
  • Available for military applications, Mantis i45 greatly enhances AeroVironment Puma™ AE small unmanned aircraft systems’ ISR capabilities
  • Advanced sensors enable Mantis i45 operators to see better and farther, providing more actionable intelligence for better decision making
  • In military operations, Mantis i45 increases the stand-off distance between the Puma AE and an area of interest by up to seven times, reducing the likelihood of detection while delivering high resolution images

DALLAS, at AUVSI XPONENTIAL, May 10, 2017 AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, today announced that its Mantis i45 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) gimbal sensor suite designed for the AeroVironment Puma AE (All Environment) small UAS is now in full production and shipping to customers. Unveiled last May, the i45 Mantis significantly enhances Puma AE’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

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CNN: Will Tiny Drones Become a Must-Have for Soldiers?

May 09, 2017

U.S. soldiers are getting another tool to stay a step ahead of the enemy.
Aerovironment, a drone supplier for the U.S. military, has introduced a tiny drone that's designed to be worn on a soldier's uniform. The Snipe, which weighs about as much as a baseball, can be launched from the palm of one's hand. It's designed for close-range surveillance and reconnaissance.

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AeroVironment, Developer of the Nano Hummingbird, Unveils Snipe™, A New, Stealthy Nano Quadrotor UAS

May 09, 2017
  • Launched from the palm of a hand, Snipe™ is worn on operators’ clothing so it can spring into action immediately – first 20 systems delivered in April
  • Difficult to detect, Snipe provides close-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • Simple to use and requires no assembly; operates in challenging and rugged environmental conditions
  • Builds on breakthrough robotic Nano Hummingbird developed by AeroVironment for DARPA

DALLAS, at AUVSI XPONENTIAL, May 9, 2017 AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, today officially unveiled the new Snipe Nano Quad, a miniature (“Class 0”) and field-rugged unmanned aircraft system designed to support close-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The first U.S. government customer delivery of 20 Snipe systems took place in April.

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Convertible Subs and Armed Robots: U.S. Marines Test High-Tech Tools

April 26, 2017

On the sand, in the air and in the water, the U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton are training for the next generation of warfare. “Throughout my entire career, maritime supremacy was guaranteed, air supremacy was guaranteed,” Col. Dan Sullivan said. “Now even a primitive adversary like ISIS is flying UAVs with explosive charges on them.”

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Ready, Set, Take Off, 1/12 Tests Puma UAS

March 18, 2017

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII --

Marines with 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment tested an Unmanned Aerial System, also known as the RQ-20 Puma, at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, March 8, 2017.

The Puma provides land-based and maritime intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance. It also allows small units the ability to detect improvised explosive devices, according to www.navair.navy.mil.

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Using Drones to Scout Almonds From Above

February 28, 2017

It sounds like an almond grower’s magnificent dream: Instead of having people walking orchard blocks to make sure your trees are getting adequate irrigation, you just whip out your phone or tablet and chart a course for your drone. But if the scientists involved in a new project are correct, this is no dream. When growers wake up in the morning, they can draw up a flight plan and check various orchards — without ever leaving their front porch.

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Can Drones Help Almond Growers Save Water? We Are About to Find Out.

February 22, 2017

AeroVironment Inc. has partnered with Cal State Fresno in a year-long study to determine how imagery and analytics from drones could be used to help almond growers better manage their water use.

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AeroVironment Advances Research with Farmers and University Partners; Adds Multi-Crop Support to its Intuitive Quantix Drone and Decision Support System

February 14, 2017
  • Research program entering third year to expand the agronomic analytics and capabilities of the company’s innovative drone and analytics platform
  • AeroVironment growing its library of supported crops to provide targeted analytics with more precision and value to producers in key agriculture markets
  • Findings to provide a deeper understanding of how multispectral data can be used to speed awareness and empower faster decisions for greater yields

TULARE, Calif. Feb. 14, 2017, At World Ag Expo AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both military and commercial applications, shared details regarding its ongoing pilot programs which are entering their third year and have guided development of the AV DSS platform.The company also displays its Quantix™ drone and AV Decision Support System™ (AV DSS) to World Ag Expo and National Farm Machinery Show attendees this week, highlighting the fully-integrated ecosystem’s powerfully-simple operations and innovative data analytics capabilities.

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Ag at Large

January 30, 2017

They won’t know until September, but California orchardists might find that their plots of trees look better from above than they do from ground up. Photos taken from unmanned drone aircraft will help them decide.

The drones are already circling above the orchards at Fresno State University, taking photos that university staff will analyze. The views are expected to show some features, both good and bad, that might be overlooked when inspecting tree conditions only from the ground. It’s another high tech application to California’s high production farming.

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AeroVironment Appoints Teresa Covington Chief Financial Officer

December 20, 2016

MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) today announced the appointment of Teresa Covington as chief financial officer, effective March 1, 2017. Covington will succeed Raymond Cook, who is resigning as senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective February 28, 2017 due to medical reasons.

Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment president and chief executive officer, said, "The Board of Directors, our employees and I thank Raymond for his service and appreciate his willingness to support Teresa during this transition."
"Teresa has been a critical member of our leadership team since she joined AeroVironment 5 years ago," Nawabi added. "She has 25 years of financial leadership experience and exceptional industry knowledge, including as interim CFO of AeroVironment. I am excited to work closely with Teresa in her new role as we execute our business strategy to continue driving long-term value for our shareholders, customers and employees."

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