Innovative Concepts

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

When ground forces must advance on the battlefield, they can be certain. When law enforcement must mobilize in times of potential danger, or first responders rush to find the lost or injured—they can all be certain because of AeroVironment's small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). It's a certainty that comes in the way of real-time video and thermal data, covering a wide area, and wirelessly transmitted to a hand-held ground control unit. Delivering systems with unrivaled flexibility and capability, AeroVironment's specialized portfolio of UAS provide critical intelligence and high precision strike capabilities that can mean the difference between failure and certain success.

Tactical ISR


UAS: RQ-11B Raven®

The Raven is the most widely used unmanned aircraft system in the world today. The Raven B DDL® system, an enhanced version of the battle proven Raven B system, is a lightweight solution designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military applications requiring low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence. 


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UAS: Wasp® AE

The Wasp AE Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) is the all environment version of AeroVironment’s battle proven Wasp III. With special design considerations for maritime and land operations, Wasp AE delivers, in a man packable asset, exceptional features of superior imagery, increased endurance, encrypted video, and ease of use that is inherent in all AeroVironment UAS solutions.

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UAS: RQ-20B Puma™ AE

The Puma AE (All Environment) is a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed for land based and maritime operations. Capable of landing in the water or on land, the Puma AE empowers the operator with an operational flexibility never before available in the small UAS class.

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Shrike VTOL™

Shrike VTOL is a man-packable, Vertical Take-Off and Landing Micro Air Vehicle (VTOL MAV) system. It is a portable, reliable and quiet unmanned aerial platform designed for front-line day/night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). Capable of being deployed by a single operator, Shrike provides immediate and persistent ISR in high-density environments, including urban operations.

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Qube®

Qube is one of the latest innovations from AeroVironment, built on 25 years of experience providing Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to the military. AeroVironment has captured the same military ruggedness that makes our UAS the most prolific in the market but simplified the operating control system, making it ideal for the needs of law enforcement, fire and first responders

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UAS: Ground Control System

The Ground Control System (GCS) provides a common command and control solution for AeroVironment’s family of small UAS. Small, lightweight, and combat proven, the GCS displays real-time video from the air vehicle’s payload cameras to personnel on the ground. In addition, the GCS allows the operator to capture screen images, store and playback data for target assessment, and facilitates real-time retransmission of video and metadata to an operations network.

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Tactical Missile Systems


Switchblade®

The Switchblade is designed to provide the warfighter with a back-packable, non-line-of-sight precision strike solution with minimal collateral effects. It can rapidly provide a powerful, but expendable miniature flying intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) package on a beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) target within minutes.

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Sensors and Capabilities


Digital Data Link

SUAS DDL™ is small size, lightweight, and low power bi-directional, digital, wireless video link.

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Pocket RVT™

The Pocket RVT video receiver provides the flexibility and freedom to receive video and data anywhere within the Digital Data Link™ (DDL™) network utilizing any USB display device for a wide range of military and commercial applications.

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Mantis i45 Gimbal

The Mantis i45 gimbal delivers lightweight, compact and powerful visual awareness to the Puma AE™ small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operator and supports and advanced suite of sensors, including ultra high-resolution EO and IR imagers.

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Mantis - Revolutionary Vision Awareness

AeroVironment’s suite of micro-gimbals deliver lightweight, compact visual awareness solutions designed to satisfy the most demanding requirements.

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Vampire®

VAMPIRE (Visualization and Mission Planning Integrated Rehearsal Environment) flight simulator software solution adds advanced training capability to AeroVironment’s small UAS.

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Kestrel - Land MTI for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Military forces frequently deploy AeroVironment’s small UAS in dynamic and complex operating environments. Kestrel™ Land MTI software solution adds capability to AeroVironment’s family of small UAS by automatically detecting moving objects in electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) full motion video (FMV).

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