PARIS – AeroVironment Inc. announced it has obtained an $8.4 million order with the US Army for digital Raven small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) and initial spares packages.
This order is part of a follow-on contract with the US Army.
U.S. armed forces currently use Raven systems for various missions, including base security, route reconnaissance, mission planning, and force protection. For instance, the Army’s Second Heavy Brigade Combat Team (2HBCT), “The Spartan Brigade,” employed the Raven system to reduce enemy attacks on U.S. forces.
The Raven B system, an enhanced version of the battle proven Raven A system, is a lightweight solution designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for both military and commercial applications, requiring low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence.
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.