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Defence: US Army Orders 123 Hand-Launched Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Under an existing contract 123 additional Ravens have been ordered for the US Army. The small hand-launched unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) fit into backpacks, weigh 1.9kg, have a wingspan of 1.3 metres and provide low-altitude video imagery to troops on patrol.

The Raven can be operated manually or programmed for autonomous operation using avionics and GPS navigation. The line-of-sight ranges up to 10 kilometers and can be delivered in real-time color or infrared imagery to the ground control and remote viewing stations.

The order with AeroVironment, Inc. is valued at $46,226,984 and includes digital retrofit kits. The Raven systems are also used by Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and Norway.

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