Adds VTOL, hover, perch and stare capability to battle-proven family
of small unmanned aircraft systems (Raven, Wasp, Puma AE)
Enables frontline military and non-military missions requiring
vertical launches and landings without additional infrastructure
Operated by AeroVironment's common Ground Control System to ensure
ease of use and acceptance
Result of more than four years of DARPA-funded research and
development to create a portable, stealthy, persistent perch and stare
MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) today introduced its lightweight and man-portable
Shrike VTOL™ unmanned aircraft system.
AeroVironment Introduces Shrike Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft System (Photo: Business Wire)
In August 2008 AeroVironment announced the receipt of a contract from
DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to develop a
portable, stealthy, persistent perch and stare (SP2S) unmanned aircraft
system. Shrike VTOL represents the conclusion of this development effort.
"With more than four years of customer funding behind it, our new Shrike
VTOL unmanned aircraft system is designed to address the need for
a small, light-weight hovering aircraft that delivers unique
surveillance and intelligence capability not provided by current
solutions. Not only does Shrike VTOL hover for more than 40 minutes with
a high resolution video camera, but its innovative design also allows
for the transmission of several hours of live video as a remotely
emplaced perch and stare sensor," said Tom Herring, senior vice
president and general manager of AeroVironment's UAS business segment.
"This new solution adds an important set of new capabilities to our
existing and battle-proven family of small unmanned aircraft systems
that are saving lives in theater today."
Herring said the Shrike VTOL system delivers the
superior imagery, endurance and encrypted video found in all
AeroVironment small unmanned aircraft systems. Operating quietly enough
to go virtually undetected, Shrike weighs approximately five
pounds and is small enough to fit in a backpack.
About AeroVironment's Family of Small 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. AeroVironment's UAS
logistics operation supports systems deployed worldwide to ensure a
consistently high level of operational readiness. AeroVironment has
delivered thousands of new and replacement small unmanned air vehicles.
International purchasers of AeroVironment's small UAS include the armed
forces of Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Norway, the
Czech Republic, Thailand and Australia.
About AeroVironment, Inc.
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
use the company's electric-powered, hand-launched
unmanned aircraft systems extensively 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. Switchblade
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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