AEROVIRONMENT TO DELIVER ADDITIONAL RAVEN SENSOR PAYLOADS TO US ARMY
AeroVironment has received a contract to supply additional RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) Mantis i23 gimbaled sensor payloads to the US Army. Awarded under the December 2012 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract, the competitively awarded $20 million deal provides for continued modernisation of the Army’s Raven fleet. Mantis i23 is a rugged, multi-axis sensor payload with pan, tilt and zoom. It is designed to improve Raven’s target-tracking capability by enabling a greater level of visual fidelity and continuous observation of an item of interest irrespective of the air vehicle’s flight direction. Featuring a high-resolution colour and infrared thermal video sensor, the modular payload replaces two separate Raven system payloads, including a stationary electro-optical sensor and a stationary infrared sensor required earlier for day and night operations.