Military drone to fly intelligence missions

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Sensor laden Raven tactical UAS can be hand-launched for day or night observation

With optical and IR sensors, the Raven lightweight unmanned aircraft system will provide intelligence gathering capabilities to military customer.

A military customer has committed nearly 2.5 million dollars on the purchase of small, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for low altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operationis. The contract will be delivered during the summer of 2020 and will include the AeroVironment Raven UAS as well as training in its use.

According to AeroVironment, the rugged design, small footprint and high resolution sensor capabilities of the Raven provides allied forces with the actionable intelligence they need at a moment’s notice in the most extreme environments.

It is designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for operations requiring low-altitude reconnaissance capabilities. With a wingspan of 4.5 feet and weighing just 4.2 pounds (1.9 kilogrammes), the hand-launched Raven provides situational awareness, day or night, with an operational range of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). The Raven’s Mantis i23 EO/IR gimballed payload delivers real-time video or infrared imagery to ground control and remote viewing stations.

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