In another military contract win, Monrovia-based AeroVironment, the maker of unmanned aircraft for the military, reported that it has scored an $11.1M order. According to AeroVironment, the win goes for logistics support for its RQ-11B Raven Small Unmanned Aircraft System, from the United State Army. The Raven is a 4.2 pound, hand-launched UAV used by the military for reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition. The contract runs through February 28, 2013. AeroVironmnt’s UAV’s are used by the U.S. military and others, and the firm is also now looking to tackle the domestic market with its Qube small UAS for law enforcement and other public safety uses.
The Raven can be operated manually or programmed for autonomous operation, utilizing the system’s advanced avionics and precise GPS navigation. With a wingspan of 4.5 feet and a weight of 4.2 pounds, the hand-launched Raven provides aerial observation, day or night, at line-of-sight ranges up to 10 kilometers. The Raven delivers real-time color or infrared imagery to the ground control and remote viewing stations.