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 UAS

UAS: RQ-11B Raven®

The Raven system is the most widely deployed unmanned aircraft system in the world, ideal for low-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions that depend on rapid deployment and pinpoint maneuverability.

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UAS: Wasp® AE RQ-12A

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: Puma™ 3 AE

AeroVironment’s expertise in UAS technology is epitomized by our third-generation Puma 3 AE (All Environment). We have equipped the Puma 3 AE with the powerful Mantis i45 gimbaled payload for use in day, night, or low-light environments.

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LRTA – Long Range Tracking Antenna System

The LRTA enables long-range command and control within direct line of sight between the antenna and the aircraft. It provides complete control of an aircraft and payload, video display and recording, mission planning, real-time moving map display, status information, and high-resolution image capture.

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VAPOR All-electric Helicopter UAS

The hallmark of the all-electric VAPOR helicopter unmanned aircraft system is its versatility. Featuring military-grade components, VAPOR is powered by proprietary HeliSynth™ technology, delivering precision flight performance, exceptional endurance, and maximum payload flexibility for defense, commercial, and industrial applications.

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Puma™ LE

Puma LE (Long Endurance) reflects AeroVironment’s deep recognition of the features warfighters require from an extended-mission unmanned aircraft system. At just 22.5 pounds, this ultra-lightweight Group 2 aircraft is launchable by hand or bungee and provides up to 5.5 hours flight endurance, delivering Group 2 capabilities in a Group 1 footprint.

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Tactical Missile Systems


AeroVironment’s combat-proven Switchblade is the ideal loitering munition for use against beyond-line-of-site targets. Back-packable and rapidly deployable from air, sea or ground platforms, Switchblade provides operators with increased lethality, reach and precision strike capabilities with low collateral effects.

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Adaptability is the key to AeroVironment's innovative Blackwing UAS. It incorporates an advanced, miniature electro-optical and infrared sensor for rapid-response intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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Sensors and Capabilities

Digital Data Link

For our unmanned aircraft systems to extend warfighters’ situational awareness, they must be connected by a reliable, secure wireless network that can operate in challenging environments. AeroVironment’s IP-based Digital Data Link (DDL) provides maximum flexibility and interoperability between small airborne and ground systems with limited power requirements.

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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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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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360 Multi-Sector Antenna

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Commercial Information Solutions


 Quantix™ launches a new era of aerial sensing – combining the advantages of vertical lift-off and horizontal flight for seamless operations and maximum coverage offering a robust and reliable solution for aerial inspections, mapping and actionable insights.

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AeroVironment Decision Support System

AeroVironment DSS™ is an advanced cloud-based data analytics system – AeroVironment DSS is the foundation for powerful data processing proprietary algorithms, integrating multi-dimensional data streams and securely stores data for historical trend analysis.

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Quantix™ Mapper

Quantix is a powerfully simple to use UAV empowering users through its fully-automated operation and instant insight. Its hybrid design allows the aircraft to launch vertically and transition to horizontal flight; maximizing aerodynamic efficiency and range.

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