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Army Taps AeroVironment to Update Avionics Tech for Raven sUAS Fleet

Raven UAS
Raven UAS

AeroVironment has received a $20.9 million contract option to provide data link and avionics technology packages to update radio frequency elements of the U.S. Army's Raven unmanned aerial systems.

AeroVironment said Thursday the contract action serves as the second option year of the potential $55 million flight control systems area of the Army's five-year Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems award.

The recent contract action, which was executed in February, follows a $21 million option exercised in April 2020.

Trace Stevenson, vice president and product line general manager for small UAS at AeroVironment, said the Raven platforms have supported warfighters' situational awareness operations for over a decade.

AeroVironment will perform work under the contact option through June 30, 2022.

The Raven UAS is a hand-launched platform designed to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in low altitudes.

The lightweight aircraft has electro-optical/infrared gimbaled payload elements intended for real-time infrared imaging and video for remote viewing and ground control stations.

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