Order including multiple Blackwing™ vehicles, sensor payloads and
refurbishment kits to be delivered by November 2018
Blackwing delivering valuable new capabilities to naval undersea
warfare since first deployed last year
Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition - AeroVironment,
Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems
(UAS) for both military and commercial applications, today announced the
receipt of a contract award from the United States Navy on September 29,
2017, for continuation and expansion of its Blackwing™
small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) program. The contract includes
orders for multiple Blackwing vehicles, sensor payloads and
refurbishment kits for a total value of $2,578,822. The initial set of
vehicles are anticipated for delivery by May 2018, and final delivery
anticipated by November 2018.
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AeroVironment's Blackwing is a small, tube-launched UAS that launches from under the surface of the sea, from manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles (Graphic: Business Wire)
Blackwing is a small, tube-launched unmanned aircraft that employs an
advanced, miniature electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) payload,
integrated inertial/GPS autopilot system and secure Digital
Data Link (DDL), all packaged into a vehicle that launches from
under the surface of the sea, from manned submarines and unmanned
underwater vehicles (UUVs).
"Since first being deployed just a few months ago, Blackwing has
delivered valuable new capabilities to United States naval undersea
warfare units," said Kirk Flittie, AeroVironment vice president and
general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. "This
contract is consistent with the Navy's plans to resupply existing
vessels and equip additional submarines with the Blackwing capability."
Blackwing builds on AeroVironment's extensive operational experience
with small UAS and its Switchblade®
Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) to provide the Navy with
a low-cost, submarine-launched UAS optimized for denied environments.
AeroVironment developed the Blackwing system as part of a 2013 Navy and
United States Pacific Command (PACOM) sponsored Joint Capabilities
Technology Demonstration (JCTD) called Advanced Weapons Enhanced by
Submarine UAS against Mobile targets (AWESUM). This JCTD was completed
in September 2015 with a strong recommendation to transition the
capability into the fleet.
"Blackwing can also be integrated with and deployed from a wide variety
of surface vessels and mobile ground vehicles to provide rapid response
reconnaissance capabilities to help warfighters proceed with certainty,
even in the most challenging settings, helping to ensure safe and
successful missions," Flittie said.
"AeroVironment's small UAS - including Raven®,
AE and Wasp®
AE, as well as Switchblade® loitering missile and its variants -
continue proving their life-saving value with U.S. forces and
increasingly with our allies around the world as our international
footprint grows. We now count more than 40 countries outside of the U.S.
as customers for our family of small UAS," he added.
The Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport (NUWCDIVNPT) awarded
this contract to AeroVironment, the only manufacturer of the Blackwing
UAS, on a sole source basis in accordance with Federal Acquisition
Regulations (FAR) guidelines.
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