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AeroVironment Awarded $6.2 Million Puma 3 AE Unmanned Aircraft Systems Contract by United States Marine Corps

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

• Puma 3 AE unmanned aircraft system delivers immediate tactical reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in day or night maritime and land-based operations

• AeroVironment’s small unmanned aircraft systems comprise the majority of all unmanned aircraft in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) inventory; deployed by more than 50 allied governments

The Puma 3 All Environment (AE) unmanned aircraft system is rapidly deployable via hand-launch and can land in salt water, fresh water or on land. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Gabino Perez) Disclaimer: The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

ARLINGTON, Va., June 14, 2022 –AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today announced receipt of a $6,166,952 firm-fixed-price contract award for Puma™ 3 AE small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) and spares on May 3, 2022, for the U.S. Marine Corps. Delivery is anticipated to be completed in July 2022.

“Puma 3 AE has proven itself as the ideal solution for low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in any operational environment and continues to serve as the backbone of the U.S. Marine Corps Medium Range/Medium Endurance Forces,” said Trace Stevenson, AeroVironment vice president and product line general manager for SUAS.

AeroVironment’s Puma 3 AE delivers mission critical capabilities in all environments. Puma 3 AE has a wingspan of 9.2 feet (2.8 meters), weighs 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) and can operate up to 37.2 miles (60 kilometers) with AeroVironment’s Long-Range Tracking Antenna (LRTA). Multi-mission capable, operators can easily swap Puma 3 AE’s payloads quickly, selecting between the Mantis™ i45 and the enhanced night variant, Mantis i45 N. Puma 3 AE is launchable by hand, bungee, rail, or vehicle, and is recoverable by deep-stall landing, providing class-leading capabilities in challenging environments around the world.

AeroVironment’s SUAS comprise the majority of all unmanned aircraft in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) inventory, and its rapidly growing international customer base numbers more than 50 allied governments, including the Ukraine. To learn more, visit www.avinc.com.

Eurosatory 2022: Steadicopter to Highlight its Black Eagle 50H System for Maritime Operation and its Groundbreaking Golden Eagle RUAS with Precision Hit Capabilities Utilizing SMASH Technology

Saturday, June 11th, 2022

The company has secured a contract to supply Black Eagle 50H, this year.

Eurosatory, Paris, June 13-17 Hall 6, Stand JH493

8 June 2022. Steadicopter – a leader in the Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS) industry – is to highlight the Black Eagle 50H system and the Golden Eagle RUAS at Eurosatory. Following an initial order, the company will supply the BlackEagle 50H – launched just a few months ago – to a naval customer in the current calendar year, for advanced maritime operations.

Designed for a wide range of law enforcement, maritime, civilian and covert missions, the Black Eagle 50H is the first ever hybrid-powered unmanned helicopter. With a maximum takeoff weight of 50 kg, the system can carry multiple large or relatively smaller payloads, and is capable of up to five hours of flight time – extremely high endurance when compared to other VTOL platforms in its class. This enables high performance and maximum operational flexibility for various applications, such as search & rescue, cyber security, intelligence, offshore rigs, and high-end naval missions.

Featuring a hybrid engine and propulsion system, the Black Eagle 50H combines the best of the electric 50E and the gas-powered 50 variants in a platform that is extremely cost effective, simple to operate, easy to maintain, environmentally friendly, and safe. The helicopter has all the proven capabilities of the highly energy-efficient gasoline-powered Black Eagle 50, including vertical take-off and landing, long hover durations, and leading mission sensor suites for all mission scenarios, whether day or night. In addition, like the Black Eagle 50E, it offers excellent reliability and is extremely adaptive to high-altitude flights, thanks to the electric propulsion component, which is less affected by ambient air pressure, making it deployable in many high-altitude operational scenarios.

For enhanced mission versatility, the hybrid platform also enables operators to select power by generator while en route, switching to the quieter direct battery power during the mission itself, enabling maximum covertness.

At the exhibition, the company will also present the recently-launched Golden Eagle – the first-ever unmanned helicopter with precise hit capabilities. Based on the combat-proven Black Eagle 50E platform, the Golden Eagle incorporates AI-based technology and Smart Shooter’s SMASH Dragon system.

Through advanced data processing, the AI system autonomously identifies and distinguishes between different types of targets, such as person or vehicle, whether they are in motion or stationery, and whether they have previously been present in the field. This enables superior situational awareness and autonomous multi-target classification and tracking.

Smart Shooter’s SMASH Dragon system – a remotely-operated robotic weaponry payload – integrates a unique stabilization concept with proprietary target acquisition, tracking algorithms and sophisticated computer vision capabilities. When mounted onto the Golden Eagle, SMASH Dragon locks on the static or moving target, tracks it and ensures a precise target hit. The system can employ various types of assault rifles, sniper rifles, 40mm and other munitions with great precision.

Lightweight – enabling long mission endurance, extremely cost-effective, simple to operate, and easy to maintain, the Golden Eagle has vertical take-off and landing capability for successful mission completion.

“We launched these two new systems, with unique technological capabilities, within a few months of each other and will be displaying them both for the first time at this international exhibition,” says Noam Lidor, VP Sales, Marketing & Business Development at Steadicopter. “We are proud that so soon after its launch, we have already secured a contract for the Black Eagle 50H system, indicating the trust our customers place in the company’s solutions.”

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Eurosatory 2022: XTEND highlights its Xtender Gen2 and provides a first glimpse of its next-generation Wolverine multi-mission UAS (MMU) system

Thursday, June 9th, 2022

The company will also showcase its new collaboration for a nest solution with Easy Aerial and Plasan’s armored vehicle and new onboard AI capabilities with SightX.

Eurosatory, Paris, June 13-17, Hall 6, Stand JH512

7 June 2022, XTEND – a company specializing in human-guided autonomous drone operating systems for military forces and law enforcement agencies – will present its Xtender Gen2 indoor tactical UAS and provide a first look at the Wolverine Gen2, its multi-mission UAS (MMU) system, at Eurosatory 2022.

The company will also showcase its nest UAS solution, integrated with Easy Aerial’s EGV 50 compact autonomous drone-nest solution for military vehicles and Plasan’s ultralight armored vehicle, the WILDER, shown on Plasan’s Stand EXT Pe6B, Stand E231.

The collaboration between the three companies brings new capabilities to the battlefield. Forces can now perform indoor and outdoor missions safely from within the armored vehicle, and remotely perform tasks such as IED clearance while on patrol and assessment of suspicious facilities encountered.

In enhancing the Xtender’s Edge AI capabilities, XTEND has recently partnered with SightX, which is developing a mission-critical, real-time Edge AI engine, bringing revolutionary deep-learning capabilities to real-world problems.  This collaboration enhances the autonomous capabilities of the Xtender platform, helping the human operator with the detection and classification of entry points and objects.

“Working hand in hand with the world’s prime forces – XTEND continuously strives to enhance its offering and “Swiss Army Knife” capability concept by providing multiple payloads and applications. Now, with the various launch and carrying options, such as armed vehicles nesting – we are pushing the boundaries of UAS mission capabilities even further” says Ido Baron, VP of Business Development and Sales of XTEND.

 

Rheinmetall Supplies Austrian Armed Forces with Counter-sUAS System for Evaluation

Sunday, May 29th, 2022


The Austrian armed forces have selected Rheinmetall’s C-sUAS system for a six-month period of testing and evaluation. In May 2022 Rheinmetall Air Defence AG shipped the latest version of its rapidly deployable counter-small unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) to the Austrian military. The system comprises two shelter units, enabling rapid deployment on standard trailers and trucks. The sensor unit elevates automatically and can be equipped with various detection technologies, including X-band and S-band radar, passive emitter locator, ADS-B receiver and others if required. An integrated, stabilized 360° electro-optical PTZ sensor provides state-of-the-art verification and tracking capabilities.

Based on the tried-and-tested Oerlikon Skymaster command and control system, the separate C2 shelter is a fully fledged operator workstation. Skymaster delivers an outstanding level of sensor data fusion and multiple operational functions, including scalability to integrated target cueing devices and effectors for different countermeasures as well as links to higher echelons.

The Austrian armed forces will put the Rheinmetall C-sUAS system through its paces at several locations in Austria, gaining valuable expertise and experience by simulating air base protection, integration into other military units and providing C-sUAS protection in urban areas – a wise approach give the proliferation of emerging aerial threats. A major highlight will be a public demonstration of the C-sUAS at the renowned AIRPOWER 2022 air show at Hinterstoisser Air Base, home of the Eurofighter, near Zeltweg, Austria.

Rheinmetall Air Defence will lend its support throughout the next six months to ensure that Austria gets the maximum benefit out of the project.

DroneShield Announces Deployment at 2022 IRONMAN Texas

Friday, May 6th, 2022

Counterdrone Technology Implemented for Safety of Participants and Attendees
WASHINGTON, D.C. and Sydney Australia— May 4, 2022 — DroneShield, a leading manufacturer of RF sensing, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) systems, announced the sale and deployment of its DroneSentry solution for city-wide coverage of the 2022 IRONMAN Texas held April 23, 2022 in The Woodlands, Texas.

The IRONMAN Texas is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run, which attracts approximately 16,000 athletes and a substantial number of spectators, including VIPs, making emergency and public safety measures a critical element.

“DroneShield is proud to be the trusted source of protection for the 2022 IRONMAN Texas event, where counterdrone system performance is critical,” said Jayde Wilks, Account Executive with DroneShield. “This deployment leads the way to benefit law enforcement and emergency management organizations across the United States.”

DroneSentry deployed at IRONMAN Texas
DroneShield’s DroneSentry System was selected due to its modular and rapidly deployable combination of RfOne radiofrequency (RF) sensors, RadarZero small form factor radar, and DroneOpt optronics system with DroneOptID AI engine for drone recognition and tracking in complex environments. All of this is underpinned by the DroneSentry-C2, DroneShield’s enterprise command-and-control system, providing sensor fusion and intuitive display and reporting, with enabled alerts distributed real-time to key security personnel.

“Our work largely consists of providing counterdrone technology to Federal and National-level government agencies globally,” said Matt McCrann, US CEO of DroneShield. “We are proud to deploy our solutions to ensure public safety as our team’s work and impact continue to grow across Homeland Security end users and use cases.”

The DroneSentry solution provides public safety agencies an adaptable solution for protecting large events, regardless of the location or city terrain. DroneShield’s flexible system of sensors allowed them to meet their goals, select detection areas and notifications, and quickly assess and respond to potential threats. DroneShield’s public safety deployments include multiple Boston Marathon events, the Olympics at South Korea, Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Davos in Switzerland, and the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona Hawai`i.

Zenith AeroTech Showcases Tethered Aerial Vehicle for First Time at SOFIC Trade Show

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

Quad 8 TAV and its Ground Power Unit will be displayed at booth of General Dynamics partner

AFTON, Va.–Zenith AeroTech, a leading developer of heavy-lift tethered aerial vehicles (TAVs), announced today that it will be exhibiting its Quad 8 TAV and Ground Power Unit for the first time at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), held May 17-19, in Tampa, Florida.

“People tend think of small drones of having limited air endurance and carrying only one or two pounds of payload, but our family of TAVs are in another class entirely”

Designed to meet warfighter operations, such as overwatch, over-the-hill communications, force protection, and persistent surveillance, the Quad 8 and its 60-pound tether management/power conversion unit will be displayed at the General Dynamics Mission Systems booth (#805).

Indeed, last May, the Quad 8 was flown for 96 hours straight in an endurance test. All through that demonstration, it was supported by the Ground Power Unit, which carried in a Pelican case, acts as a tether management system and converts available 120- or 240-volt AC power into high-voltage DC.

Unlike many tethered drones out on the market, the Quad 8 can carry a payload of up to 20 pounds. This allows the platform to use a wide range of equipment, including (but not limited to):

• Combined electro-optical/infrared cameras;

• LIDAR;

• Synthetic aperture radar;

• Scanning radar;

• Mobile ad hoc networking radios; and

• Laser pointers and target designators.

Kaya said that cooperation between Zenith AeroTech and General Dynamics has proven fruitful. “With a major partner like General Dynamics, we get global coverage for our products, and more and more people learn about the value of TAVs,” he said.

For more information about Zenith AeroTech and its portfolio of TAVs (Hexa, Quad 8, and Quadro), visit the General Dynamics Mission Systems booth (#805) at SOFIC or go here: zenithaerotech.com.

DroneShield Releases a Ground-breaking Firmware Release for its C-UAS Devices

Friday, April 29th, 2022

Virginia and Sydney (April 26, 2022) – DroneShield, an Australian/US global leader in Artificial Intelligence based platforms for protection against advanced threats such as drones and autonomous systems, has commenced a release of a ground-breaking software update across the global fleet of its C-UAS portable, vehicle/ship based and fixed site devices, deployed with military, intelligence community, Homeland Security, law enforcement, critical infrastructure and other users.

Enrolled devices receive quarterly firmware updates of the proprietary DroneShield RFAI Artificial Intelligence engine, with periodic quarters being major enhancements, such as this 2Q22 release.

Major upgrades include:

• Site Install Wizard – the new ‘Spectrum Viewer’ mode, in which C-UAS detection devices scan the deployment area for optimal sensor placement, and

• the “Machine Learning in the loop” option to enhance the RFAI engine from the data received by the user. These features were added in response to the end-user requirements.

DroneShield RfPatrol body-worn C-UAS device with enrolled firmware upgrades

Angus Bean, DroneShield Chief Technology Officer, commented, “DroneShield offers unparalleled C-UAS performance as the original pioneer in this sector. Ongoing R&D programs sustain the cutting-edge nature of our products, protecting and serving our user community. We are excited about the enhancements to the performance of our deployed fleet of devices, developed, field-tested, and rolled out in a highly expedient manner.”

The updates will be rolling out across DroneShield devices globally in the next week, with heightened urgency given the continuous widespread use of drones in Ukrainian and Middle Eastern conflicts. The technology upgrade is validated by deployments with the US Air Force and Australian Army.

Additional information about the system can be found at www.droneshield.com.

AeroVironment Successfully Demonstrates Multi-Domain Unmanned Systems, Computer Vision and Sensor Fusion Software at IMX/CE 22

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

• Demonstrated multi-sensor data fusion and automatic target recognition (ATR) using AeroVironment’s Blue Hotel tactical grade computer vision and data analysis software package

• AeroVironment’s battlefield proven DDL technology provided robust command, control and video datalink for U.S. and Royal Navy airborne assets in the challenging maritime environment


Blue Hotel AI/ML in action at IMX/CE 22, fusing together data from multiple UAVs and USVs to provide ATR and identify patterns of activity. (Image: AeroVironment, Inc.)

ARLINGTON, Va., April 26, 2022 –AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today announced the successful maritime demonstration of Interoperability to Interchangeability (I2I) operations by the U.S. Navy and Royal Navy using AeroVironment’s Puma™ 3 AE small unmanned aircraft systems. The demonstration was part of a combined event – International Maritime Exercise 2022/Cutlass Express 2022 (IMX/CE 22) – that took place from Feb. 6-17, 2022.

IMX/CE 22 is the largest maritime exercise in the Middle East with more than 60 partner nations and organizations participating with 9,000 personnel and 50 ships. IMX/CE 22 was also the largest maritime unmanned systems exercise to date with more than 80 unmanned systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs).

The I2I capability demonstration was supported by AeroVironment as part of the U.S. 5th Fleet’s Task Force 59 team, denoted as Task Force X (TF-X), participating in IMX/CE 22. TF-X was comprised of various multinational government and industry partners working together to integrate and demonstrate new unmanned systems capabilities for U.S. and coalition naval forces in a series of pre-planned serials.

During the exercise, AeroVironment’s Blue Hotel computer vision and analytics solution demonstrated the visual identification of maritime targets simultaneously from multiple UAV and USV video feeds in real-time during all of the TF-X serials. It was also used by the U.S. Navy as the primary video repository and distribution hub for TF-X, providing all coalition partners with access to real-time video feeds and artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) analytic results for Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). The advanced AI/ML software enabled the warfighters to quickly sift through the large amounts of video data, pinpointing individual vessels of interest, and providing real time information on their activities throughout the exercise.

“Built upon past demonstrations, such as REP(MUS) 21 and 2018 U.S. Navy Coastal Riverine Craft maritime S2S exercises, these successful I2I operations coupled with Blue Hotel’s automated target recognition and MDA capabilities offer a glimpse at the maritime and autonomy product capability expansions AeroVironment’s MacCready Works Advanced Solutions team is spearheading,” said Jeff Rodrian, AeroVironment vice president of AV Ventures.