Aerovironment’s RQ-11 "Raven" drone could be built in India in collaboration with its Indian partner Dynamatic Technologies.
The project would be among the first under an Indo-US Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) which is slated for finalization during the coming visit of US President, Barack Obama.
According to a Reuters report from Washington, Frank Kendall, U.S. undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, will be in New Delhi ahead of the Presidential visit in an effort to finalize joint projects under the DTTI.
Indian aerospace engineering firm Dynamatic Technologies and AeroVironment Inc, had signed an agreement to manufacture unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also called drones, in India during 2013. However there was not much progress since then due to export control licensing issues from the US.
India has imported Israeli UAVs due to easier export procedures in Israel and a supposedly lower price as compared to American or European systems.
The RQ-11 Raven drone has been successfully used by the US Army over Afghanistan. The 4.2-pound (1.9-kg) UAV is hand tossed into the air and can stay airborne for up to 80 minutes at 30 miles an hour (45 kph) speed. It transmits color video or infrared imagery to the operator's laptop up to nine miles (15 km.) away.
Priced at US$50,000, the drone is rucksack portable and has been exported to several American allies.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected AeroVironment for the phase II preliminary design for the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program. The 12-month, $19 million phase II effort seeks to conclude with subscale flight demonstrations prior to a planned phase III award decision, AeroVironment said in a press release Wednesday
AeroVironment today announced it received three firm fixed-price orders from the United States Army totaling $27 million for RQ-11B Raven and RQ-20A Puma AE unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) spare parts. The company received two orders on August 29, 2014 and one on September 18, 2014
AeroVironment and Lockheed Martin today announced an agreement to jointly pursue opportunities in unmanned aircraft system (UAS) development. “At Lockheed Martin, we look forward to partnering with AeroVironment to potentially develop integrated solutions for the unmanned systems market,” said Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin senior vice president, corporate strategy and business development
AeroVironment and Eurocopter have signed a cooperative agreement to explore opportunities for expanding their respective military and commercial product portfolios at the AUSA 2013. “The combination of AeroVironments market leading unmanned technology and unique knowledge with Eurocopters world-class helicopter and systems expertise makes a formidable team,” said Roy Minson, senior vice president and general manager of AeroVironments Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment
AeroVironment has won a contract for Mantis i23 gimbaled sensor payloads to continue upgrading the U.S
The Portuguese Army has ordered Raven unmanned aircraft systems equipped with Mantis i23 sensors and pocket Remote Video Terminals (p/RVT) from AeroVironment, Inc. The fixed-price contract award announced on September 13 valued at $5,962,494 from NSPA on August 20, 2018, has delivery scheduled over a three-year period
AeroVironment announced Wednesday that the Australian Defense Force (ADF) this month received and began training exercises with the companys RQ-12 Wasp AE small unmanned aircraft system. ADF placed an AUD $7
US President Barack Obama will not be having the Defense Secretary-designate, Ashton Carter in the entourage on his trip to India, thus almost nullifying any chance for the 10-year Defence Framework Agreement (DFA) signed in June 2005, t o be renewed during the trip. Sources in the defence ministry and the US Embassy told this correspondent
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