First solution tailored to law enforcement, first response and other
public safety missions from the leading supplier of small unmanned
aircraft systems (UAS)
Based on proven small UAS experience with hundreds of thousands of
operating hours supporting U.S. and allied armed forces
Will be made available to select public safety agencies for testing
MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today introduced the QubeTM
portable UAS for use in public safety applications such as law
enforcement and first response. Small enough to fit easily in the trunk
of a car, the Qube system can be unpacked, assembled and ready for
flight in less than five minutes, giving the operator a rapidly
deployable eye in the sky at a fraction of the cost of manned aircraft.
AeroVironment, Inc. introduces the Qube (TM) small unmanned aircraft system for public safety applications. (Photo: Business Wire)
"Public safety professionals have been asking for this capability for
years," said Tom Herring, AeroVironment senior vice president and
general manager of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. "They have learned about
the effectiveness of our Raven, Wasp and Puma UAS over the battlefield
and want a similar capability that is tailored to their mission
requirements. The Qube system targets their needs and will provide a
portable aerial vantage point to help public safety workers perform
their duties more safely and effectively."
The Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) air vehicle can hover for 40
minutes — twice the endurance of similar unmanned air vehicles. Equipped
with dual color and thermal video cameras, the air vehicle can transmit
live video directly to the operator to assist with threat assessment,
situational awareness, search and rescue, perimeter security and a
variety of other missions.
To demonstrate the Qube system's unique capabilities, AeroVironment is
introducing a trial and evaluation program for public safety agencies.
Interested agencies can learn more about this program by completing a
request for information form at www.avinc.com/qube.
AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops,
produces and supports an advanced portfolio of Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (UAS) and electric transportation solutions.
Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services
extensively use the company's electric-powered, hand-launched Raven®,
systems, to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units
through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and
communication. Multiple government agencies have helped to fund the
development and demonstration of Global
Observer®, a hybrid-electric, stratospheric UAS designed
to provide affordable, persistent reconnaissance and communication over
any location on the globe. SwitchbladeTM
is a loitering munition designed to provide a rapid, lethal, pinpoint
precision strike capability with minimal collateral damage.
AeroVironment's electric transportation solutions include a
comprehensive suite of electric
vehicle (EV) charging systems, installation and data services for
consumers, automakers, utilities and government agencies, power
cycling and test systems for EV developers and industrial
electric vehicle charging systems for commercial fleets. More
information about AeroVironment is available at www.avinc.com.
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