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Source: AeroVironment Inc.
  • 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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Source: AeroVironment Inc.
  • 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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Source: AeroVironment Inc.
  • 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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Source: AeroVironment Inc.
  • Tether Eye developed with funding from CTTSO
  • Tether Eye can be deployed from fixed locations or mobile platforms
  • Delivers 24-hour continuous ISR at heights up to 150 feet above launch point

TAMPA, FL., At Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, May 23, 2016 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a world leader in unmanned aircraft systems, today announced the United States Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) is evaluating the company’s new tethered unmanned aircraft system, named Tether Eye™, for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and security applications. The CTTSO funded the development program under a US government contract.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.
  • AeroVironment develops Blackwing unmanned aircraft system as part of a successful Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD)
  • Blackwing launches from fully submerged undersea platforms, including submarines and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)
  • Full integration into the US Navy’s submarine fleet using existing, standard command-and-control systems and equipment

Washington, Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition, May 16, 2016 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced the United States Navy plans to deploy its “Blackwing™,” a small, tube-launched unmanned aircraft system that deploys from under the surface of the sea, on manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.
  • AeroVironment/SmartC2 solution meets requirements for a small unmanned aircraft system platform with beyond-visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) capabilities and UTM communications interface
  • AeroVironment/SmartC2 team will help NASA prove technologies that support the development and approval of FAA requirements for safe flight and respectful integration of small UAS into the National Airspace
  • Solution comprises AeroVironment’s FAA-certified RQ-20A Puma™ AE and SmartC2’s VirtualAirBoss™ operations infrastructure

NEW ORLEANS (XPONENTIAL 2016), MAY 3, 2016 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a world leader in small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced that the company – in partnership with SmartC2, a leading provider of flight business management systems – will team with NASA on its Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Technology Capability Levels (TCL) 2 flight demonstration slated for October 2016.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.
    • Designed for AeroVironment Puma™ AE small unmanned aircraft systems, Mantis i45 is available for both commercial and military applications
    • Mantis i45 features an advanced suite of sensors, including ultra-high-resolution EO and IR imagers, that takes the guesswork out of tactical ISR
    • Mantis i45 operators see better and farther than ever before, enabling them to make better decisions and perform missions with certainty

    NEW ORLEANS (XPONENTIAL 2016), MAY 2, 2016 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a world leader in small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today unveiled its new Mantis i45 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) gimbal payload designed for AeroVironment Puma™ AE (All Environment) small unmanned aircraft systems – for both commercial and military applications. The company made the announcement at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2016 conference and trade show taking place May 2-5 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans (Note to editors: see a demo of the Mantis i45 at AeroVironment’s booth #1525).

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    Source: AeroVironment Inc.
    • 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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    Source: AeroVironment Inc.

    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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    Source: AeroVironment Inc.
    • 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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