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Cindy Lewis, chairperson, president and CEO of AirBorn Consolidated Holdings since 1998, has been named to the board of directors of AeroVironment. Lewis’ “experience in technology development and commercialization, high reliability manufacturing, and capital deployment will be especially relevant as we leverage our future-defining capabilities to penetrate new markets and achieve solid financial results,” Wahid […] More
AeroVironment has introduced a new standardized modular payload interface kit designed to enable simple and rapid integration of payloads onto the RQ-20B Puma unmanned aircraft system. The self-contained kit features mechanical and electrical interfaces that allow Puma to work with payloads developed by the Department of Defense, U.S. allies and third-party manufacturers, the company said […] More
AeroVironment, a multidomain robotic platform developer, will supply the U.S. Air Force with Puma 3 AE and Raven tactical unmanned aircraft systems under two firm-fixed-price orders with a combined amount of $15.9 million. The Arlington, Virginia-based company said Thursday the Puma 3 AE systems and spares were deployed on April 30 while the Raven spares […] More
AeroVironment has secured a $22 million task order from U.S. Special Operations Command to provide beyond-line-of-sight intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services at an unspecified location. ISR support will be made through JUMP 20, a satellite-enabled medium unmanned aircraft system that is capable of flying for more than 14 hours at distances of around 115 miles, […] More
AeroVironment has unveiled a new ground-based platform designed to facilitate the command and control operations of unmanned aircraft systems. The company said Wednesday its Crysalis platform uses intuitive user experience to serve as a ground control system for AeroVironment-made UAS. Crysalis consists of hardware, software and antennas and features a modular build that allows for […] More
AeroVironment and NASA plan to design a hexacopter for using data from demonstrations of the Ingenuity robotic helicopter on Mars, SpaceNews reported Thursday. The partnership is exploring a new six-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle concept, dubbed Mars Science Helicopter, with a maximum payload capacity of 5 kilograms. “We’re trying to look at the science applications: what […] More
AeroVironment has moved its corporate headquarters to Arlington, Virginia in an effort to grow its Washington, D.C. presence while maintaining operations in Simi Valley, California– where it was previously based– and other company locations in the U.S. and Germany. Wahid Nawabi, president and CEO of AeroVironment, said in a statement published Tuesday the relocation is […] More

AeroVironment will supply additional tactical missile systems to the U.S. Army and a foreign military sales customer under a two-year, $45 million contract. The exercised option is for the Switchblade 300 deployable loitering munitions, designed to engage targets beyond the line of sight, and the award is part of the potential $146 million Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems contract announced in May 2020, AeroVironment said Tuesday.

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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.

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AeroVironment has unveiled a new lightweight antenna add-on kit designed to expand the command-and-control range of unmanned aircraft systems to provide operators with increased operational capabilities. The company said Thursday its new Extended Range Antenna comes in a small scale in terms of size, weight and power and produces a narrowed beam width that extends C2 coverage by a maximum of 24.9 miles.

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