It offers small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, including real-time tactical reconnaissance, tracking, combat assessment, and geographic data to the small tactical unit or individual war fighter. The small UAS wirelessly transmit critical live video and other information to a hand-held ground control unit, enabling the operator to view and capture images.
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.
AeroVironment is a key provider of small- and medium-sized unmanned aerial vehicles for military and defense. The company’s Dragon Eye, Raven, Wasp and Puma AE have won each of the four U.S. Department of Defense full and open competitions for programs of record involving small UAS.
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