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UK Government Certifies DroneSentinel

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that UK Government’s Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (“CPNI”) has formally certified DroneShield’s DroneSentinelTM multi-sensor counterdrone system. 

As a result, DroneSentinelTM has been included in the CPNI Catalogue of Security Equipment (“CSE”). CSE forms an approved list of products for deployment across various critical infrastructure customers in the UK, such as airports, stadiums, and other key sites.  

DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik commented, “The importance of this world’s first formal Government certification is that it substantially reduces procurement cycle in the nascent counterdrone space by giving prospective customers certainty of product quality. We expect this certification to drive significant additional end customer interest in UK and also globally.”

BT Group plc (LSE:BT.A) (“BT”), a global leader in telecommunication solutions with operations in 180 countries, and the largest telecommunications company in the United Kingdom, and DroneShield’s partner in the UK, has welcomed the CPNI certification. 

BT’s Dave Pankhurst, Head of Drone Solutions at BT, commented “By partnering with DroneShield we’re able to provide our customers with a best-in-class, integrated and secure drone solution that will protect infrastructure from unwanted drone activity. The CPNI certification further reinforces to our customers that BT is able to provide a capability of the highest specification ensuring safety and security is maintained.”

DroneShield to Protect 30th SEA Games

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has been contracted to provide counterdrone protection for the 30th Southerneast Asian Games held in the Philippines from 30 November 2019 to 11 December 2019. The Games are expected to include 11 participating nations and approximately 9,000 athletes, and consist of 530 events across 56 sports. The event is expected to attract an audience of approximately 500 million viewers. 

DroneShield has sold, and received payment for, several of its products for the deployment at the Games. Additionally, the event will be utilised as a product demonstration opportunity to a large number of event security organisers, law enforcement and militaries across the region and globally.

Image: DroneShield deployed at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea 

DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik commented, “Mass crowd events are a core market for DroneShield, with our prior deployments including the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and ASEAN over the recent year alone.”

Release of DroneSentry-X

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the release of vehicle-mounted drone detection and defeat product, DroneSentry-X. Lightweight at approximately 10kg, compact size and and easily mountable on most vehicles, the product is expected to be of significant interest to a range of DroneShield’s customer base globally, across military, law enforcement, security and VIP markets. The product is suitable for both vehicle/convoy and fixed site installations. The product was developed in response to substantial customer interest.

Image: DroneSentry-X

The product summary is available here.

The product is available for purchase now to qualified customers, where lawful*, for delivery in 2020.

DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik commented, “Vehicle market for counterdrone protection is rapidly rising. In addition to catering for that segment, DroneSentry-X provides a more affordable detect-and-defeat solution for price-sensitive customers as an alternative to purchasing full-functionality DroneSentry product from us. DroneShield offers a complete suite of detection and defeat solutions to our customers, and this new product covers the customer need which we identified in our recent engagements”.

AeroVironment Awarded $12 Million Support Contract from Major Middle Eastern Ally

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

• Contract includes support, spares and repair services for existing fleet of Puma and Raven tactical unmanned aircraft systems

• More than 45 allied governments deploy systems from AeroVironment’s innovative family of tactical UAS  

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 14, 2019 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced a major Middle Eastern ally awarded the company a firm fixed-price contract valued at $11,999,992 on October 25, 2019 for logistics support, spares, and repair services in support of its existing fleet of AeroVironment’s Puma™ AE and Raven® B tactical UAS. The contract award period of performance is two years.

AeroVironment’s Puma™AE and Raven® B tactical UAS

 “Our United States and global customers require reliable, rugged and combat-proven tactical unmanned aircraft systems that defense and security personnel can deploy immediately from their rucksacks without the need for runways or other launch logistics,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president of sales and business development for AeroVironment.  “This order builds on our fast-growing international customer base as more allied forces rely on our innovative systems to proceed with certainty on the frontlines.”

AeroVironment’s Raven system is designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for applications requiring low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.  With a wingspan of 4.5 feet and weighing 4.2 pounds, the hand-launched Raven provides aerial observation, day or night, at line-of-sight range of at least 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). The Raven’s stabilized gimbaled payload delivers real-time color or infrared imagery to ground control and remote viewing stations.

The AeroVironment Puma AE is a fully man-portable unmanned aircraft system designed for land and maritime operations. The hand-launched Puma AE has a wingspan of 9.2 feet, weighs 15 pounds and operates for up to 2.5 hours at line-of sight range of 20 kilometers with a standard antenna, and up to 60 kilometers with AeroVironment’s Long-Range Tracking Antenna.  Capable of landing in water or on land, the all-environment Puma, with its Mantis i45 sensor suite, empowers the operator with extended flight time and a level of imaging capability never before available in the small UAS class.

AeroVironment Wins U.S. Army Contract Valued at Up to $55 Million for Radio Frequency Modifications to Raven B Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

• Potential contract options total as much as $55 million; initial base delivery order is $862,488

• Hand-launched AeroVironment Raven is the most widely used military unmanned aircraft system in the world

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 13, 2019 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, announced the U.S. Army awarded the company a firm-fixed-price contract on June 6, 2019 to begin radio frequency modifications on its currently deployed Raven® UAS. The initial base delivery order is $862,488, with potential contract options valued up to $55 million.

“AeroVironment engineered and manufactures the Raven system, so we are best equipped to support quick and efficient field upgrades to ensure maximum Raven system uptime and force protection for operators around the world,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president, sales and business development for AeroVironment.  “AeroVironment and the Army are committed to supplying soldiers closest to the fight with the most advanced aerial robotic technology to gain critical situational awareness anywhere and at any time to help them proceed with certainty.”

AeroVironment won the competitive bid as part of the Army’s $248.5 million five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity small UAS sustainment contract announced in April 2018.  AeroVironment and six other awardees were selected as part of the IDIQ contract, which covers six domains: Systems, Tactical Open Government Owned Architecture (TOGA), Other Major Components, RQ-20A Puma Spares, RQ-11B Raven Spares and Flight Control Systems (FCS).  The Army selected AeroVironment as the sole-source supplier for RQ-20A and RQ-11B spares and for FCS.

AeroVironment’s Raven system is designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for applications requiring low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. With a wingspan of 4.5 feet and weighing 4.2 pounds, the hand-launched Raven provides aerial observation, day or night, at line-of-sight ranges up to approximately 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). With its stabilized gimbaled payload, the Raven delivers real-time color or infrared imagery to ground control and remote viewing stations.

Southeast Asian Military Customer Awards AeroVironment $6.4 Million Raven Tactical UAS Follow-On Contract Award

Monday, November 4th, 2019

• New order expands customer’s fleet of Raven systems

• Raven is the most widely used military unmanned aircraft system in the world

• AeroVironment’s Family of Tactical UAS are deployed by more than 45 allied governments

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 4, 2019 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced it received a firm fixed-price contract valued at $6,408,542 from an existing Southeast Asian military customer on September 17, 2019 for additional Raven® unmanned aircraft systems.  Delivery is anticipated within 12 months.

“With nearly two decades of combat-proven effectiveness, Raven is a mainstay workhorse for this customer’s military, other allied governments, and the U.S. military because it gives troops closest to the fight immediate eyes in the sky to gain lifesaving situational awareness anywhere and at any time,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president of sales and business development at AeroVironment.  “Raven’s ruggedness, small footprint and sensor capabilities ensure that allied forces throughout the world have a profound advantage at a moment’s notice in the most extreme environments.”   

 

AeroVironment’s Raven system is designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for applications requiring low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. With a wingspan of 4.5 feet and weighing 4.2 pounds, the hand-launched Raven provides aerial observation, day or night, at line-of-sight ranges up to approximately 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). With its stabilized gimbaled payload, the Raven delivers real-time color or infrared imagery to ground control and remote viewing stations.

 

AeroVironment is participating in the Defense and Security 2019 Exhibition and Conference in Bangkok, Thailand from November 18 through 21.  Please visit AeroVironment at Booth U03 or at www.avinc.com to learn more.

DroneShield RfPatrol Receives NATO Stock Number

Friday, November 1st, 2019

DroneShield’s RfPatrol receives NATO Stock Number (NSN).

The assignment of the NSN was granted by the request of the Australian military following the recent order.

A significant breakthrough in ability for NATO militaries to purchase RfPatrolTM “off the catalogue”.

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DroneShield is pleased to announce its handheld drone detection device RfPatrolTM has been assigned a NATO Stock Number (NSN) 5895661653374. Additionally, certain variations of the products and RfPatrolTM accessories have also been assigned their individual NSNs.

An NSN is a 13-digit numeric code, identifying all the ‘standardised material items of supply’ as they have been recognized by all NATO countries including United States Department of Defense, and allows for any NATO military to purchase RfPatrolTM on a “military catalogue” basis, significantly simplifying the procurement process.

NATO countries are expected to be a significant part of the global military market for RfPatrolTM and other DroneShield products.

The assignment of the NSN to RfPatrolTM was granted at the request of the Australian military following the $700,000 tender win by DroneShield announced 1 October 2019.

AeroVironment Receives $5.25 Million Puma 3 AE Contract for US Border Patrol

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

• Award builds on the U.S. Border Patrol’s ongoing use of Puma AE small unmanned aircraft systems for border and homeland security

• U.S. Border Patrol agents rapidly deploy Puma AE anywhere, anytime, in any environment for continuous or on-demand spot surveillance

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 22, 2019 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), received a $5,254,912 firm fixed-price contract award for PumaTM 3 AE systems and support equipment on August 8, 2019 for the U.S. Border Patrol, part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  Delivery is anticipated by January, 2020.

AeroVironment’s Puma 3 AE small unmanned aircraft system is designed for the real-world environment Border Patrol agents operate in.  Easy to transport, deploy and operate, the Puma system can be launched from anywhere, at any time, and requires no additional infrastructure, such as runways or launch devices.  The AeroVironment Puma flies for hours in the most extreme environments while producing high-resolution, continuous or on-demand spot surveillance of critical land and sea border areas at any time of the day or night.  Highly automated and with GPS navigation, the Puma dramatically extends the reach of Border Patrol agents at a fraction of the cost of manned or larger unmanned aircraft.

“Operating on the nation’s front line, U.S. Border Patrol agents deploy the AeroVironment Puma system day or night from a safe distance to scan a border area for activity and then use that information to respond more quickly, more stealthily and with less risk,” said Rick Pedigo, AeroVironment vice president of business development.  “Puma takes on the tougher missions in treacherous and dangerous terrain and keeps border agents out of harm’s way.  Border Patrol agents pack the system on their vehicles, allowing them to gain an eyes-in-the-sky advantage at a moment’s notice.”

The Puma 3 AE systems will also support humanitarian missions, assisting in the location of individuals in need of aid along difficult-to-reach border areas and responding to natural disasters.

The AeroVironment Puma AE is a fully man-portable unmanned aircraft system designed for land and maritime operations. Capable of landing in water or on land, the all-environment Puma, with its Mantis i45 sensor suite, empowers the operator with extended flight time and a level of imaging capability never before available in the small UAS class.

AeroVironment’s unmanned aircraft systems are uniquely professional grade and proven with more than 1 million operating hours, including in extreme environments and combat operations.  As the largest supplier of reconnaissance UAS to the US Department of Defense, AeroVironment offers a family of small and portable UAS that have been protecting soldiers, marines, airmen and special operators in the harshest environments for more than two decades.