The company also provides spare equipment, alternative payload modules, batteries, chargers, repair services, and customer support services for small UAS.
AeroVironment, Inc. sells its products to organizations within the Department of Defense, including the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Special Operations Command, and Air Force, as well as to commercial, consumer, and government customers. The company was incorporated in 1971 and is headquartered in Monrovia, California.
Since the introduction of Pointer in 1986, considered by many to be the first true small UAS for military use, AeroVironment’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems have supported U.S. and allied Armed Forces with reconnaissance data, helped monitor forest fires, and penetrated and analyzed volcanic plumes.
Multiple government agencies have helped to fund the development and demonstration of AeroVironment’s Global Observer®, a hybrid-electric, stratospheric UAS designed to provide affordable, persistent reconnaissance and communication over any location on the globe. The company’s Switchblade™ is a loitering munition designed to provide a rapid, lethal, pinpoint precision strike capability with minimal collateral damage.
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