AeroVironment Receives Raven UAS Order

By Tish Drake | May 13, 2010
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AeroVironment (AV), based in Monrovia, Calif., said Wednesday it received an $11.2 million order under an existing contract with the U.S. Army to provide 63 new digital Raven small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

This order follows two recent orders under the existing U.S. Army contract. In March, AV received a $6.8 million fixed-price order for 51 digital Raven systems, initial spares packages and contractor logistics support for the U.S. Marine Corps. In April, AV received an additional $12.3 million firm fixed-price order for 216 retrofit kits to upgrade existing analog Raven systems with AV’s digital data link.

The Raven unmanned aircraft is a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched sensor platform that provides day and night, real-time video imagery for "over the hill" and "around the corner" reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of tactical units, according to the company.

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