U.S. armed forces use Raven systems extensively for missions such as base security, route reconnaissance, mission planning and force protection.
AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) announced that it has received a new $11,095,872 cost-plus-fixed-fee sole source contract award on March 1, 2012 from the United States Army. The order comprises Army, Marine Corps and Foreign Military Sales contractor logistics support for Raven systems. The logistics support services are scheduled to be delivered through Feb. 28, 2013.
The RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft system comprises a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched sensor platform that provides day and night, real-time video imagery wirelessly to a portable ground control station 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.