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ISR Operations: “Eye in the Sky”

March 23, 2009 (Industry News)

"Clearly, airborne ISR capability has become indispensible to successful ground and air combat operations, and the U.S. Air Force brings the lion's share to the battle," said Col. Eric Holdaway, director of intelligence for Air Force forces in the Middle East and Central Asia. With respect to combat operations, the ISR mission provides a level of planning, analysis and targeting support never seen before in the history of warfare.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

(Camp Bucca, Iraq, March 19, 2009) - "There it is," said Staff Sgt. Jeff Tomkiewicz, 887th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, as he pointed at a little, buzzing white dot in the sky. As the Raven B operator approached the small strip of sand of Camp Bucca's Burge Field, the tiny Raven B unmanned aircraft system hovered above the ground for a moment then unceremoniously fell to the ground, waiting for Sergeant Tomkiewicz to retrieve it.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

So You Think It’s a Toy?

March 17, 2009 (AV in the News)

KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq - RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicles may be easily mistaken for an unorthodox version of a model airplane, but Airmen here use the UAV to secure the base and surrounding neighborhoods. Weighing in at less than 5 pounds, the Raven is operated from the ground via a remote control unit that can send the aircraft 10 kilometers away at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

At the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum (NASM), a display of six unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) demonstrates what happens when the little airplanes of my childhood get serious. Take the five-pound, 45-inch wingspan AeroVironment RQ-14A "Dragon Eye." Launched by hand, or with a bungee cord, the tiny scout plane is controlled by GPS coordinates entered into its guidance system with a standard laptop computer.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc. MONROVIA, Calif., Feb. 9, 2009 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) has received an order from the U.S. Army valued at $16,758,776 for the production of 50 new Raven® (RQ-11B) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) equipped with AV's Digital Data Link (DDL). Announced by the U.S. Army on January 22, 2009, this production order was issued under an existing contract and includes initial spares packages and DDL retrofit kits for 206 existing Raven® systems. The introduction of AV's DDL follows several years of internally funded research and development in addition to a $7.6 million contract awarded in October 2008 for the completion of R&D activities. View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc. MONROVIA, Calif., Feb. 4, 2009 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that the U.S. Army has ordered additional RQ-11B Raven® small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and associated services for its fiscal year 2009 requirements by the exercise of an option under an existing contract. Each Raven® system typically consists of three aircraft, two ground control stations, and spares. The aggregate order value is $41.7 million and is fully funded. View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc. The defining principle of the Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy is balance. The United States cannot expect to eliminate national security risks through higher defense budgets, to do everything and buy everything. The Department of Defense must set priorities and consider inescapable tradeoffs and opportunity costs. View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Obama’s Shift on Afghan War Lets AeroVironment Climb

January 16, 2009 (AV in the News)
Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) - AeroVironment Inc., maker of the unmanned drones that Barack Obama called "revolutionary" technology, is expecting a boost in orders when the new administration in Washington shifts the focus of the U.S. war on terror to Afghanistan. "The president-elect has indicated" the importance of drones for the 21st century battlefield, Chief Executive Officer Tim Conver said in an interview. "Unmanned aircraft systems have proven to be hugely effective in Afghanistan." View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Military Maneuvers

January 14, 2009 (AV in the News)
Forbes.com - Contrary to rumors, Obama will not eliminate the Defense Department. Here are some contractors that could prosper even in a Democratic Administration. View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment Added to S&P SmallCap 600 Index

January 14, 2009 (AV in the News)
AeroVironment will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS Aerospace & Defense Sub-Industry index. View More

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