AeroVironment Wins Army, Marine Corps Pact

By Tish Drake | December 23, 2009
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AeroVironment (AV), a provider of unmanned aircraft systems, received a $23.9 million fixed-price order under an existing contract to provide digital Raven systems and kits to upgrade existing analog Raven systems currently being used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps with AV’s digital data link. The total potential value of this order is $66.6 million, of which $42.7 million is not yet funded but has been added to the maximum potential value of the contract supporting this program. “We began deliveries of digital Raven systems at the end of October, and are increasing production in response to customer demand,” said John Grabowsky, AV executive vice president and general manager of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. “Our digital data link uses the frequency spectrum allocated to small UAS much more efficiently than the analog link it replaces. As a result, digital Raven systems allow our customers to increase significantly the number of Raven air vehicles that can be used in a given area, as well as provide greater communication security through signal encryption, and enable valuable new capabilities such as beyond line-of-site operation. Digital Raven systems will directly benefit ground forces by helping them operate more effectively and safely, wherever and whenever they need them.”

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