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USA Today: It's hard, but they're holding on': On the ground in Ukraine, the war depends on U.S. weapons
February 22, 2023
One evening northwest of Fury’s position, in an industrial plant that Ukraine’s military is using as a base for elite units to sleep in, Biker explained how the Switchblade 300, which can be carried in a backpack, works.
It launches from a tube. Its small wings and an electric propeller then unfold. It flies to a target monitored via a tablet and special software. Then it dive-bombs kamikaze-like to its prey and detonates an explosive warhead.View More
Breaking Defense – A Solution Rises for Middle East Nations that Demand Persistent ISR for Border and Maritime Security
February 21, 2023
In this Q&A with Philip Mahill, senior director, Medium UAS Business Development for AeroVironment, he discusses: the regional threat scenario, the latest news on the Army’s Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) program, and the reasons why the company’s JUMP 20 VTOL unmanned system is suited to US needs in the FTUAS program and also UAE/Middle East needs to meet their specific threat scenarios.View More
Aerospace America: Martian Aviator
January 27, 2023
Even before the now-famous Ingenuity helicopter made its first flight on Mars in 2021, Ben Pipenberg and his colleagues at drone maker AeroVironment began thinking about the next iteration of the aircraft whose airframe and rotor system they built. Knowing about the plan to bring samples of Mars back to Earth, they conceptualized and prototyped a helo with a gripper capable of grasping sample tubes and wheels to carefully roll up to an ascent vehicle.View More
Industry Panel Event: How Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy Enable Faster, More Effective Operations at the Contested Tactical Edge
January 26, 2023
Event Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 @ 9:00 AM (PST)
A one-hour, must-see industry panel event featuring four top U.S. defense experts presenting their unique perspectives and insider insights on this timely and consequential topic. Panelists will answer questions from the audience.
Dr. Thomas Withington – An award-winning analyst and writer specializing in electronic warfare, radar and military communications. He has written widely on these subjects for a range of specialist and general publications. He also works as a consultant and adviser in these areas for several leading government and private sector clients. Furthermore, Dr. Withington provides regular commentary on security and defense aspects of electromagnetic spectrum use for major media organizations around the world.
August Cole – A Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on Strategy & Security. Mr. Cole is an author exploring the future of conflict through fiction and other forms of “FICINT” [Fictional Intelligence] storytelling, including the novels “Ghost Fleet” and “Burn-In” co-written with Peter W. Singer. He is a founder of Useful Fiction LLC.
General William S. Wallace – Retired from active duty on January 1, 2009 after 39 ½ years of active service that spanned 5 decades. During his career, General Wallace commanded at every level from platoon to Corps and on two separate occasions led Soldiers in combat. In 2003 as the V Corps Commander, General Wallace led the coalition attack to Baghdad in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 1972, he served as a military advisor in Bac Lieu Province of Vietnam. General Wallace’s last assignment was as Commander, US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). General Wallace holds Masters Degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School in Operations Research, Salve Regina University in International Relations, and from the Naval War College in National Security Affairs. General Wallace is a member of the U.S. Army’s Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame. In 2018 General Wallace was selected as a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
CNBC: CEO Wahid Nawabi Featured on Mad Money
January 06, 2023
CEO Wahid Nawabi visits Mad Money and discuss the benefits of Switchblade loitering missile systems and how they can help with the war in Ukraine.View More
Breaking Defense – Against Near Peers, Unmanned Systems Must Maintain Autonomy Even When Contested
December 21, 2022
Continued operation in RF environments — whether that’s GPS denial or communications disruption — is arguably the number-one requirement for overmatch against near peers.
Though the Indo-Pacific region and Europe present widely divergent areas of operation, one of the characteristics they assuredly have in common is that both kinetic and non-kinetic operations against adversaries in those regions will take place in contested environments.View More
KCLU: A Ventura County company is manufacturing a high-tech drone which is being used in Ukraine
October 25, 2022
The small and precise weapons are part of a US military aid package delivered to help Ukraine fight back amid Russia’s invasion.
A so-called kamikaze drone, that dive-bombs its target, is being built at a secret facility in Ventura County. The small and precise weapons are part of a US military aid package delivered to help Ukraine fight back amid Russia’s invasion, which started 8 months ago.View More
DefenseWebTV: AUSA 2022 Day 2 Defense Exhibition– AM General Saber & Switchblade 300 and 600 Loitering Munitions
October 14, 2022
Day 2 at AUSA 2022. In this video, exclusive interviews with AMG General and AeroVironment to discover the Saber 4x4 armored vehicle armed with Switchblade loitering munition and a full technical review about the Switchblade 300 and 600 loitering munitions which are now in service with the Ukrainian army and used against Russian forces.View More
WASHINGTON — AeroVironment, the maker of the Switchblade loitering munition Ukraine has used against Russia in recent months, is planning to ramp up production of the heavier-duty version.
Ukraine has had repeated battlefield successes with the Switchblade 300 since the United States shipped it 400 of the lighter-weight loitering munition earlier this year, Charlie Dean, AeroVironment’s vice president of sales and business development, said in an interview with Defense News at the Association of the U.S. Army’s conference on Monday.View More
United States Army Awards AeroVironment $20.6 Million Switchblade 300 Tactical Missile Systems Contract
September 22, 2022
- Combat-proven Switchblade with patented wave-off and recommit capability provides operators with increased lethality, reach and precision strike capabilities with minimal collateral effects
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 22, 2022 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today announced it received a $20,602,464 firm-fixed-price contract award on Aug. 18, 2022 from the U.S. Army Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions (TAGM) project office for the procurement of Switchblade® 300 tactical missile systems (TMS). The contract will be managed by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal and is scheduled to be delivered by July 2023.View More