AeroVironment Names John Grabowsky Chief Technology Officer And Tom Herring Senior Vice President

March 05, 2010

MONROVIA, Calif., March 5, 2010 -- AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) today appointed Tom Herring as senior vice president and general manager of AV's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) business segment and John Grabowsky as AV's first chief technology officer, a role that will span the company's UAS and Efficient Energy Systems (EES) business segments. Grabowsky previously served as executive vice president and general manager of UAS.

"John's contributions to AV have been numerous and significant and as AV's first chief technology officer he will apply his deep technical background across both our business segments, which will enhance AV's leadership and benefit all our customers," said Tim Conver, AV chairman and chief executive officer. Conver added that, since joining AV in 2003, Grabowsky has been instrumental in establishing AV as a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems, and the leader in small UAS.

"I am also delighted to promote Tom Herring from vice president of UAS business development to the UAS leadership role. Tom brings a wealth of experience, managerial skills and energy to our team as we address an exciting future in our industry," Conver said.

"I cannot think of a more qualified individual to lead the UAS segment than Tom," said Grabowsky. "Since joining AV in November 2008, Tom has demonstrated creativity, tenacity and effectiveness within the UAS group, helping to strengthen our competitive position and strategic focus. AV and our customers will benefit from Tom's leadership."

Prior to joining AV, Herring held multiple leadership positions during his 27-year tenure with BAE Systems. Most recently, he served as vice president and general manager of Integrated Solutions, a $150M BAE Systems business unit providing solutions for commercial and general aviation aircraft, attack rotorcraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, precision munitions, international military aircraft and ground systems. He also served as vice president of National Upgrade Programs, vice president of Display Systems and director of programs for the Display Systems product line. Tom also served in program management positions on the B-2, E-2C, E-3A and other major programs.

AV is the sole supplier to all U.S. Department of Defense programs of record for small UAS and has delivered more than 13,000 new and replacement air vehicles to customers in the United States and elsewhere. The family of small hand-launched UAS the company produces and supports includes Raven®, Wasp® and Puma®, each of which transmits live streaming video from their day and night sensors directly to a hand-held common ground controller. These backpackable sensor platforms provide day and night, real-time video imagery for reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of tactical units for missions such as route reconnaissance, base security, mission planning and force protection.

Switchblade® is a small UAS under development that becomes a highly accurate lethal munition designed for minimal collateral damage. AV is also a pioneer in developing high altitude long endurance UAS. The Global Observer® is a stratospheric UAS designed to provide affordable persistence without latitude restrictions for remote sensing and communications relay operations. AV's UAS logistics operation supports systems deployed worldwide to ensure a consistently high level of operational readiness. International customers include Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain.

About AeroVironment, Inc. (AV)

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