AeroVironment Inc. (Monrovia, Calif., USA) announced on Dec. 8 that it has received an order valued at $4.9 million under a contract with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO). The order comprises new Raven small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), spares, training services and logistics support. Delivery of the systems is scheduled for early calendar 2011.
The composites-intensive Raven unmanned aircraft is a 4.2-lb/1.9-kg, 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. U.S. armed forces use Raven systems extensively for missions such as base security, route reconnaissance, mission planning and force protection. Each Raven system typically consists of three aircraft, two ground control stations and spares.
"With years of successful deployment, Raven is proving its value to military forces around the world," said Tom Herring, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. "As the most prolific unmanned aircraft system, Raven gives frontline forces the ability to perform their tasks more effectively and safely. We are committed to helping the Norwegian armed forces employ Raven systems successfully."
In addition to the Raven system, AV's small UAS include Puma and Wasp, which are also hand-launched and controlled by AV's hand-held ground control station.