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AeroVironment unmanned vehicles and the future of war

AeroVironment is a tech company involved in robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity.

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AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) businesses joined with Persistent Systems’ Wave Relay Ecosystem.

The ecosystem is part of a growing industry alliance of unmanned aircraft systems, UGVs and sensor companies all using Persistent’s Wave Relay mobile ad hoc networking system (MANET) for their network of command and control and communications functions.

“We are very excited to have AeroVironment’s UGVs join the Ecosystem. In building the networked battlefield, we are providing the warfighter with increased situational awareness while also reducing size, weight, and power,” said Nick Naioti, senior vice president for business development for Persistent Systems.

AeroVironment is a tech company involved in robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity, specifically combined to provide actionable intelligence to its clients to allow for better decision making. The company is based in Virginia and serves defense, government and commercial customers.

Persistent Systems is a New York-based global communications technology company involved in the development and manufacturing of patented and secure mobile ad hoc networking system: Wave Relay. The system sends and receives data, voice, video and other applications under difficult conditions. The company’s wide client list includes such diverse sectors as commercial, military, government, industrial, agriculture, robotics and unmanned systems markets.

The core function of the ecosystem has the Wave Relay MANET giving tactical teams the ability to get information from unmanned systems and their sensors which helps with better tactical decision making, thereby increasing both efficacy and safety.

The agreement between the two companies has the following UGV’s adding Persistent’s MANET:

  • telemax™ EVO PRO;
  • telemax™ EVO HYBRID;
  • telemax™ EVO PLUS;
  • tEODor™ EVO; and
  • EVO Upgrade Kit.

These all-terrain UGVs are involved regularly in dangerous missions, including explosive removal and disposal, hazardous materials handling, and chemical, biological radiological and nuclear threat assessment. Also the MANET gives companies the ability to go past simple point-to-point solutions and build a plethora of air and ground assets.

“Persistent has established itself in the market as a network provider that delivers extended range, high throughput and robustness against radio interference, all of which are critically important to our customers’ life-saving missions,” said Brian Young, AeroVironment vice president and product line general manager for UGVs.

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