A new class of unmanned air vehicle is to be fielded, with the award of a $4.9 million U.S. Army contract to AeroVironment to supply Switchblade loitering munitions for rapid fielding to deployed forces. The backpackable, battery-powered Switchblade is launched from a tube, unfolds its tandem wings and sends back video from an electro-optical sensor, while being controlled from AeroVironment’s standard small unmanned aircraft system ground station. When a target is detected, the ...

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