This award represents the culmination of years of development, testing,
demonstrations and customer evaluations. The prototype Switchblade
system previously received Safety Confirmation and underwent Military
Utility Assessment with the
The Switchblade air vehicle launches from a small tube that can be carried in a backpack and transmits live color video wirelessly for display on AeroVironment's standard small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) ground control unit. Upon confirming the target using the live video feed, the operator then sends a command to the air vehicle to arm it and lock its trajectory onto the target. Flying quietly at high speed the Switchblade delivers its onboard explosive payload with precision while minimizing collateral damage. With the ability to call off a strike even after the air vehicle is armed, Switchblade provides a level of control not available in other weapon systems.
"The unique capabilities provided by the Switchblade agile munition for
standoff engagement, accuracy and controlled effects make it an ideal
weapon for today's fight and for U.S. military forces of the future,"
Instead of requiring support from weapon systems controlled by other operating units, operators will be able to use the ground launched Switchblade variant to respond to enemy combatants with precision fire from a significant standoff distance, when and where required.
"Our dedicated team developed this breakthrough solution with a focus on
satisfying important customer needs," said
About AeroVironment's 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.
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