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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Mission-Critical Mapping

April 28, 2020 (AV in the News)

Attention toward technology often favors the big, shiny and super-equipped. This may be especially true for military UAS, where airline-sized RQ-4 Global Hawks, heavily-armed Reapers and other frontline fliers attract the spotlight.

But say you have an intel team operating in remote areas when you need high resolution, up-to-date maps and don’t have an internet connection? Or when that team is working independent of a large base and needs to conduct bomb damage assessment without revealing its position? And what if the operators don’t have all that much UAS experience in the first place?

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.
  • Quantix Recon delivers on-demand, georeferenced aerial imagery, providing quick visibility for on-site mission planning and verification
  • Fully-Automated, hybrid vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) design and radio frequency silent mode enable aircraft to conduct missions undetected
  • Powerful onboard processing delivers high-resolution imagery immediately on the included operating tablet upon landing – no other devices, internet or software required

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., April 23, 2020 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced the availability of Quantix™ Recon, a lightweight, rapidly deployable, fully-automated reconnaissance solution that delivers high resolution, georeferenced terrain, vegetation and infrastructure imagery, providing ground forces with on-demand actionable intelligence.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Puma sUAS Pounces

April 21, 2020 (AV in the News)

A just-announced contract for the U.S. Navy and Marines to expand use of AeroVironment’s Puma™ sUAS continues the company’s success with small unmanned tactical aircraft systems.

The $10.68 million fixed-price contract will purchase Puma™ 3 AE [All Environment] systems and spares for the Navy and the Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program. The agreement was signed in February; delivery is anticipated imminently.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.
  • Raven lightweight small unmanned aircraft system is designed for rapid deployment, delivering real-time tactical situational awareness to warfighters
  • United States Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales program facilitates interoperability among U.S. and allied forces
  • AeroVironment’s innovative family of tactical UAS are deployed by more than 45 allied governments

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., April 14, 2020 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced it received a $2,424,595 firm-fixed-price contract on March 3, 2020 to provide Raven® small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and training to an allied nation. Delivery is anticipated by August 2020.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.
  • Award builds on the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps ongoing use of Puma 3 All Environment (AE) small unmanned aircraft systems for persistent situational awareness and force protection as well as expeditionary reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) 
  • Puma 3 AE UAS deliver immediate tactical RSTA in maritime and land-based operations
  • AeroVironment’s family of tactical UAS comprises the majority of all unmanned aircraft in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) inventory; deployed by more than 45 allied governments

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., April 7, 2020 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced its receipt of a $10,677,987 firm-fixed-price contract award for Puma™ 3 AE systems and spares on Feb. 18, 2020 for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) Program. Delivery is anticipated by April 2020.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. and RALEIGH, N.C., March 17, 2020 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and Draganfly (CSE: DFLY) (OTCQB: DFLYF) (FSE: 3U8), an award-winning, industry-leading manufacturer within the commercial unmanned aerial systems (“UAS”), remotely piloted aircraft systems (“RPAS”), and unmanned vehicle sectors, today announced a teaming agreement for Draganfly’s distribution of AeroVironment’s Quantix Mapper systems to commercial markets worldwide. The agreement also includes the continuation of other contract engineering services provided by Draganfly to AeroVironment.

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AeroVironment makes an impact on local schools through its Corporate Social Responsibility Program

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Program, AeroVironment continued its commitment to making an impact in the community in 2019 by earmarking money for the Simi Valley Education Foundation's (SVEF) annual Enhancements Grant Program. AeroVironment chose to fund grants specifically for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-related projects throughout the Simi Valley Unified School District. Money was awarded based on grant requests written by teachers for enhancement of education in their classrooms. Distributed funds were presented in person at each school for immediate use.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.
  • Puma 3 All Environment (AE) unmanned aircraft system delivers immediate tactical ISR in maritime and land based operations
  • More than 45 allied governments have procured one or more of AeroVironment’s family of tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--at the Singapore Air Show - AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced it received a $8,584,734 firm-fixed-price U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales contract. The contract was awarded on December 17, 2019 to provide Puma™ 3 AE unmanned aircraft systems, training and support to an allied nation. Delivery is anticipated by June 2020.

“Customers in the United States and around the world deploy AeroVironment’s rugged family of tactical unmanned aircraft systems, including Puma, to provide their forces the actionable intelligence they need to proceed with certainty in a broad range of operating environments,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president of sales and business development for AeroVironment. “We designed our combat-proven unmanned aircraft systems to be easy to use, reliable and to provide the operational flexibility frontline forces need to succeed in the most demanding conditions.”

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Alphabet-owned Loon, the company that had been focused on delivering internet communications to remote areas via stratospheric balloons, has completed development work on a new payload for partner HAPSMobile, a subsidiary of SoftBank that’s building high-altitude solar-powered uncrewed aircraft. The two companies jointly adapted the communications technology that enables Loon’s balloons to beam communications networks to Earth for use on HAPSMobile's drones, effectively turning them into high-flying mobile cell towers.

This is the result of a strategic partnership that the two companies announced back in April of last year, but an important step because it means that Loon’s technology will get its first functional tests on vehicles other than its balloon-based platform. The HAWK30 aircraft that HAPSMobile developed is a solar-powered electric aircraft that flies at speeds of over 100 km/h (around 60 mph) in the stratosphere (with an operating altitude of around 65,000 feet), which is much faster than Loon’s balloons, which meant adapting the payload to perform at these speeds.

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AeroVironment's Puma AE Makes Historical Debut to Assist with Navigation through Icy Waters

Puma AE made history in 2016! Never before had an unmanned aircraft system been used by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star for its annual Deep Freeze mission to Antarctica's McMurdo Sound. Every year, this heavy icebreaker travels to the Sound to open up the shipping lanes needed to resupply the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station and other facilities on Ross Island.

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