AeroVironment UAS achieves multiple drop, live ordnance deployment

AeroVironmenta player in unmanned aircraft systems, marks a major breakthrough as the Vapor 55 MX achieves the first successful deployment of multi-level firefighting.

The collaboration, which included Corvid and L3Harris Technologiesdemonstrated the all-electric aircraft’s ability to carry and deploy four rounds simultaneously.

Shryke, a precision munition developed by Corvid Technologies and L3Harris Technologies, brings a multi-mission capability that adheres to strict accuracy requirements, staying within 1-2 meters of the designated target. Articulating 40mm anti-armor warhead and lightweight glider provide a front line low collateral damage solution.

Kyle Bowen, Corvid’s director of Shryke business development, emphasized the suitability of the Shryke for the Vapor 55 MX, “The Shryke’s size and weight make it an ideal choice for the 55 mx gun. The lethality of an articulated 40mm anti-armor warhead combined with a light glider provides a highly effective, low-stick damage solution on the front lines. “

The integration of Shryke munitions allows the UAS to engage multiple targets in a single flight, enhancing operational effectiveness.

The partnership also ensures safety-critical features, including L3HARRIS’s Electronic Safety and Arm Device (ESAD), which guarantees the initiation of energy systems and the safe recovery of remaining ammunition.

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Jason Wright, Aerovironment’s senior product line manager, highlighted the benefits of the Modular Open Systems (MOSA) design approach, “Working with our partners to develop the multi-drop payload to integrate seamlessly with the Modular Open Systems (MOSA) design approach Open Systems (MOSA) the VAPOR 55 MX gives us a real advantage in the market. Rapid integration for the warfighter continues to be our top priority.”

AeroVironment has secured contracts with the US military for two unmanned systems. The first involves the delivery of the JUMP 20 Medium Unmanned System (MUAS). At the same time, AeroVironment was awarded a $20.6 million contract to supply the US military with Switchblade 300 tactical missile systems.

Internationally, the US Department of Defense is awarding Aerovironment $20.86 million to deliver PUMA 3 all-environment small detachable aircraft systems (SUAS) to two allied nations. At the same time, AeroVironment’s Switchblade roving munitions gained traction due to their success in Ukraine. The US military has awarded a $64.6 million contract for Switchblade 300 loitering missile systems, expanding international sales to two allied nations.

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