AeroVironment Enhances Its Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems with M1/M2/M5 Compatible Digital Data Link (DDL) Products
Raven and Puma AE aircraft now operate with new M1/M2/M5 radios and
frequency spectrum, recently allocated to small UAS by the
United States Department of Defense( DoD)
Raven and Puma AE systems equipped with M/1/M2/M5 radios were
delivered to two
DoDcustomers this spring
AeroVironmentalso unveiled M1/M2/M5 compatible Pocket DDL AE, designed to operate in all environments
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"Integrating the new M1/M2/M5 radio frequencies into our family of small
UAS gives our customers the ability to seamlessly and securely conform
to the Department of Defense‘s new frequency spectrum allocation and
proceed with certainty," said
Designed for simplicity and ease of use, the Pocket DDL AE facilitates
rapid and secure access to a small UAS Digital Data Link (DDL) network.
Each sleek unit has no exterior buttons or displays and is completely
controlled through an App. Pocket DDL AE has a standard Glenair®
Mighty-Mouse connector, making it compatible with the Army‘s
Pocket DDL AE implements an open-systems architecture, using a USB interface and XML messaging for control of the radio functions. This enables apps designed for special purposes, such as tactical operations, search and rescue, asset tracking, long- range communications, mission command, and targeting to use Pocket DDL AE to employ small UAS to help perform their tasks more effectively.
"Combined with the M1/M2/M5 upgrade to our Pocket DDL AE, this provides greatly enhanced capability across our entire family of small UAS product line for improved tactical operations," Sharpin said. "This example demonstrates our ongoing commitment to upgrade our Family of Systems products and provide new capabilities to our existing and new customers around the world."
About AeroVironment Small UAS
RQ-11B Raven®, RQ-12 Wasp®, RQ-20A Puma™, RQ-20B Puma and Snipe Nano UAS comprise AeroVironment's Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Operating with a common ground control system (GCS), this Family of Systems provides increased capability to the warfighter that can give ground commanders the option of selecting the appropriate aircraft based on the type of mission to be performed. This increased capability has the potential to provide significant force protection and force multiplication benefits to small tactical units and security personnel.
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