US Army acquires Raven UAV for security forces assistance brigades
AeroVironment has received a $45.2 million contract to provide the RQ-11B Raven UAV for the United States Army’s Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB).
The award includes an initial spares package, and delivery is expected to take place in January 2020.
The SFAB are specialised units, with a core mission to conduct training, advise, assist and accompany operations with allied and partner nations.
‘Raven is the most widely deployed small unmanned aircraft system in the United States Department of Defense's fleet,’ Rick Pedigo, vice president for sales and business development at AeroVironment, said.
‘Our family of small unmanned aircraft systems supports all US military services and more than 45 allied nations. Every day, AeroVironment small UAS provide the actionable intelligence our customers need to proceed with certainty.’
AeroVironment's Raven is a man-portable, hand-launched small unmanned aircraft system designed for land-based operations.
First adopted by the US Army in 2005, Raven is now used by more than 25 countries, and weighing some 4lb with a wingspan of 4.5ft and with a flying range of 10km, AeroVironment says it is the most prolific small unmanned aircraft system deployed across the US DoD.
Raven provides operators with real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, delivering colour or infrared video and still imagery to the operator via a hand-held ground control unit as well as to remote viewing stations, and uses a GPS system for pre-programmed or manual navigation.
Beads of sweat may be appearing on the brows of top RAAF officials and bean-counters, given the news that the USN is suspending acquisition of ...
This article is brought to you by IAI. Addressing the increasing role of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in maritime operations, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has ...
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA‑ASI) has successfully ground tested its Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCoS), the company announced on 20 February. ALCoS successfully established a ...
The French DGA has completed a new flight test campaign of the nEUROn stealth combat drone technology demonstrator. Carried out in cooperation with Dassault Aviation, ...
Airbus and MBDA have teamed up to develop demonstrators for remote carriers as part of the Future Combat Air System programme. Remote carriers are UAS ...
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is introducing deployable mine counter-measures (MCM) capabilities under Project Sea 1778. Under Project 1778 Phase 1, Australian Mine Warfare Team ...