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These excerpts taken from the AVAV 10-K filed Jun 24, 2009.

UAS Products

        Our small UAS, including Raven, Wasp, and Puma AE, are designed to provide valuable Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or ISR, including real-time tactical reconnaissance, tracking, combat assessment and geographic data, directly to the small tactical unit or individual warfighter, thereby increasing flexibility in mission planning and execution. Our small unmanned aircraft wirelessly transmit critical live video and other information generated by their payload of electro-optical or infrared sensors, enabling the operator to view and capture images, during the day or at night, on a hand-held ground control unit. All of our ground control units allow the operator to control the aircraft by programming it for GPS-based autonomous navigation using operator-designated way-points and also provide for manual flight operation. These ground control units are designed for durability and ease of use in harsh environments and incorporate a user-friendly, intuitive, graphical user interface. All of our production small unmanned aircraft operate from our common ground control unit.

        All of our small UAS are designed to be man-portable, assembled without tools in less than five minutes and launched and operated by one person with limited training required. The efficient and reliable electric motors used in all of our small UAS are powered by replaceable modular battery packs that can be changed in seconds, enabling rapid return to flight. All of our small UAS can be recovered through an autonomous landing feature that enables a controlled descent to a designated location.

        In military applications, our systems enable tactical leaders to observe the next corner, intersection or ridgeline in real-time. This information facilitates faster, safer movement through urban and mountainous environments and can enable troops to be proactive based on field intelligence rather than being forced to react to an attack. Moreover, by providing this information, our small UAS reduce the risk to warfighters and to the surrounding population by providing the ability to tailor the military response to the threat. U.S. military personnel regularly use our small UAS, such as Raven, for force protection, combat enemy observation and damage assessment missions. These reusable systems are easy to transport, assemble and operate and are relatively quiet when flying at typical operational altitudes of 200 to 300 feet due to our efficient electric propulsion systems. Furthermore, their small size makes them difficult to see from the ground. In addition, the low cost of our small UAS relative to larger systems and alternatives makes it practical for warfighters to deploy these assets directly.

        Our small UAS also include spare equipment, alternative payload modules, batteries, chargers, repairs and customer support. We provide training by our highly-skilled instructors, who typically have extensive military experience, and continuous refurbishment and repair services for our products. We currently maintain a forward operating depot in Iraq to support the large fleet of our small UAS deployed there. By maintaining close contact with our customers and users in the field, we gather critical feedback on our products and incorporate that information into ongoing product development and research and development efforts. This approach enables us to improve our solutions in response to, and in anticipation of, evolving customer needs.

        The U.S. Army projects its total demand for our Raven small UAS at approximately 2,182 new systems, of which we had delivered approximately 57% as of April 30, 2009. For the fiscal years ended April 30, 2009, 2008 and 2007, sales of our UAS products and services accounted for 85%, 86% and 84%, respectively, of our revenue.

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        Each system in our small UAS portfolio typically includes three aircraft, our common and interoperable hand-held ground control unit and an array of spare parts and accessories. Our current small UAS portfolio consists of the following aircraft:

Small UAS
Product
  Wingspan
(ft.)
  Weight
(lbs.)
  Recovery   Standard
Sensors
  Range
(mi.)(1)
  Flight Time
(min.)(1)
 
Raven     4.5     4.2   Vertical autonomous landing capable   Electro-optical or infrared     6.0     90  

Wasp III

 

 

2.4

 

 

1.0

 

Horizontal autonomous landing capable

 

Electro-optical and infrared

 

 

5.0

 

 

45

 

Puma AE

 

 

9.2

 

 

13

 

Vertical autonomous landing capable (ground or water)

 

Mechanical pan, tilt, zoom electro-optical and infrared

 

 

6.0

 

 

120

 

(1)
Represents minimum customer-mandated specifications for all operating conditions. In optimal conditions, the performance of our products may significantly exceed these specifications.

        The ground control system, or GCS, is the primary interface between the operator and the aircraft, and allows the operator to control the direction, speed and altitude of the aircraft as well as view the visual information generated by the aircraft through real-time, streaming video. Our single GCS interfaces with each of our air vehicles, providing a common user interface with each of our air vehicles. In addition to the thousands of air vehicles delivered to our customers, thousands of GCS are also in our customers' hands.

        In January 2009, we received the initial production order for the introduction of our digital data link, DDL, to replace the analog data link used by all of our small UAS. The result of a successful development program, digital data link will enhance the capabilities, and ultimately, the utility of our small UAS by enabling more efficient radio spectrum utilization and communications security. Small UAS incorporating our digital data link will offer many more channels as compared to our analog link, increasing the number of air vehicles that can be operated in a given area. Additionally, our digital data link will enable each air vehicle to operate as an IP, or Internet-Protocol, addressable hub capable of routing and relaying data to and from multiple other nodes on this ad hoc network. This capability will enable beyond line-of-sight operation of our small UAS, further enhancing their value proposition to our customers.

UAS Products





        Our small UAS, including Raven, Wasp,
and
Puma AE, are designed to provide valuable Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or ISR, including real-time tactical
reconnaissance, tracking, combat assessment and geographic data, directly to the small tactical unit or individual warfighter, thereby increasing flexibility in mission planning and execution. Our
small unmanned aircraft wirelessly transmit critical live video and other information generated by their payload of electro-optical or infrared sensors, enabling the operator to view and capture
images, during the day or at night, on a hand-held ground control unit. All of our ground control units allow the operator to control the aircraft by programming it
for GPS-based autonomous navigation using operator-designated way-points and also provide for manual flight operation. These ground control units are designed for
durability and ease of use in harsh environments and incorporate a user-friendly, intuitive, graphical user interface. All of our production small unmanned aircraft operate from our common
ground control unit.



        All
of our small UAS are designed to be man-portable, assembled without tools in less than five minutes and launched and operated by one person with limited training
required. The efficient and reliable electric motors used in all of our small UAS are powered by replaceable modular battery packs that can be changed in seconds, enabling rapid return to flight. All
of our small UAS can be recovered through an autonomous landing feature that enables a controlled descent to a designated location.



        In
military applications, our systems enable tactical leaders to observe the next corner, intersection or ridgeline in real-time. This information facilitates faster, safer
movement through urban and mountainous environments and can enable troops to be proactive based on field intelligence rather than being forced to react to an attack. Moreover, by providing this
information, our small UAS reduce the risk to warfighters and to the surrounding population by providing the ability to tailor the military response to the threat. U.S. military personnel regularly
use our small UAS, such as
Raven, for force protection, combat enemy observation and damage assessment missions. These reusable systems are easy to
transport, assemble and operate and are relatively quiet when flying at typical operational altitudes of 200 to 300 feet due to our efficient electric propulsion systems. Furthermore, their small size
makes them difficult to see from the ground. In addition, the low cost of our small UAS relative to larger systems and alternatives makes it practical for warfighters to deploy these assets directly.



        Our
small UAS also include spare equipment, alternative payload modules, batteries, chargers, repairs and customer support. We provide training by our highly-skilled instructors, who
typically have extensive military experience, and continuous refurbishment and repair services for our products. We currently maintain a forward operating depot in Iraq to support the large fleet of
our small UAS deployed there. By maintaining close contact with our customers and users in the field, we gather critical feedback on our products and incorporate that information into ongoing product
development and research and development efforts. This approach enables us to improve our solutions in response to, and in anticipation of, evolving customer needs.



        The
U.S. Army projects its total demand for our
Raven small UAS at approximately 2,182 new systems, of which we had delivered
approximately 57% as of April 30, 2009. For the fiscal years ended April 30, 2009, 2008 and 2007, sales of our UAS products and services accounted for 85%, 86% and 84%, respectively, of
our revenue.



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        Each
system in our small UAS portfolio typically includes three aircraft, our common and interoperable hand-held ground control unit and an array of spare parts and
accessories. Our current small UAS portfolio consists of the following aircraft:






































































































Small UAS

Product



 Wingspan

(ft.)
 Weight

(lbs.)
 Recovery  Standard

Sensors
 Range

(mi.)(1)
 Flight Time

(min.)(1)
 






Raven
  4.5  4.2 Vertical autonomous landing capable Electro-optical or infrared  6.0  90 

Wasp III

 

 

2.4

 

 

1.0

 

Horizontal autonomous landing capable

 

Electro-optical and infrared

 

 

5.0

 

 

45

 







Puma AE

 

 

9.2

 

 

13

 

Vertical autonomous landing capable (ground or water)

 

Mechanical pan, tilt, zoom electro-optical and infrared

 

 

6.0

 

 

120

 










(1)
Represents
minimum customer-mandated specifications for all operating conditions. In optimal conditions, the performance of our products may significantly
exceed these specifications.


        The
ground control system, or GCS, is the primary interface between the operator and the aircraft, and allows the operator to control the direction, speed and altitude of the aircraft as
well as view the visual information generated by the aircraft through real-time, streaming video. Our single GCS interfaces with each of our air vehicles, providing a common user interface
with each of our air vehicles. In addition to the thousands of air vehicles delivered to our customers, thousands of GCS are also in our customers' hands.



        In
January 2009, we received the initial production order for the introduction of our digital data link, DDL, to replace the analog data link used by all of our small UAS. The result of
a successful development program, digital data link will enhance the capabilities, and ultimately, the utility of our small UAS by enabling more efficient radio spectrum utilization and communications
security. Small UAS incorporating our digital data link will offer many more channels as compared to our analog link, increasing the number of air vehicles that can be operated in a given area.
Additionally, our digital data link will enable each air vehicle to operate as an IP, or Internet-Protocol, addressable hub capable of routing and relaying data to and from multiple other nodes on
this
ad hoc network. This capability will enable beyond line-of-sight operation of our small UAS, further enhancing their value
proposition to our customers.





These excerpts taken from the AVAV 10-K filed Jun 26, 2008.

UAS Products

        Our small UAS, including Raven, Wasp, Dragon Eye and Puma, are designed to provide valuable Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or ISR, including real-time tactical reconnaissance, tracking, combat assessment and geographic data, directly to the small tactical unit or individual warfighter, thereby increasing flexibility in mission planning and execution. Our small unmanned aircraft wirelessly transmit critical live video and other information generated by their payload of electro-optical or infrared sensors, enabling the operator to view and capture images, during the day or at night, on a hand-held ground control unit. All of our ground control units allow the operator to control the aircraft by programming it for GPS-based autonomous navigation using operator-designated way-points and, with the exception of Dragon Eye's ground control unit, also provide for manual flight operation. These ground control units are designed for durability and ease of use in harsh environments and incorporate a user-friendly, intuitive, graphical user interface. With the exception of Dragon Eye, all of our small unmanned aircraft operate from a common ground control unit.

        All of our small UAS are designed to be man-portable, assembled without tools in less than five minutes and launched and operated by one person with limited training required. The efficient and reliable electric motors used in all of our small UAS are powered by replaceable modular battery packs that can be changed in seconds, enabling rapid return to flight. All of our small UAS can be recovered through an autonomous landing feature that enables a controlled descent to a designated location.

        In military applications, our systems enable tactical leaders to observe the next corner, intersection or ridgeline in real-time. This information facilitates faster, safer movement through urban and mountainous environments and can enable troops to act on intelligence rather than react to an attack. Moreover, by providing this information, our small UAS reduce the risk to warfighters and to the surrounding population by providing the ability to tailor the military response to the threat. U.S. military personnel regularly use our small UAS, such as Raven, for force protection, combat enemy observation and damage assessment missions. These reusable systems are easy to transport, assemble and operate and are relatively quiet when flying at typical operational altitudes of 200 to 300 feet due to our efficient electric propulsion systems. Furthermore, their small size makes them difficult to see from the ground. In addition, the low cost of our small UAS relative to larger systems and alternatives makes it practical for warfighters to deploy these assets directly.

        Our small UAS also include spare equipment, alternative payload modules, batteries, chargers, repairs and Internet-enabled customer support. We provide training by our highly-skilled instructors, who typically have extensive military experience, and continuous refurbishment and repair services for our products. We currently maintain a forward operating depot in Iraq to support the large fleet of our small UAS deployed there. By maintaining close contact with our customers and users in the field, we gather critical feedback on our products and incorporate that information into ongoing product development and research and development efforts. This approach enables us to improve our solutions in response to, and in anticipation of, evolving customer needs.

        The U.S. Army projects its total demand for our Raven small UAS at approximately 1,900 new systems, of which we had delivered approximately 43% as of April 30, 2008. For the fiscal years ended April 30, 2008, 2007 and 2006, sales of our UAS products and services accounted for 86%, 84% and 80%, respectively, of our revenue.

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        Each system in our small UAS portfolio typically includes three aircraft, a ground control unit and an array of spare parts and accessories. Our current small UAS portfolio consists of the following products:

Small UAS
Product

  Wingspan
(ft.)

  Weight
(lbs.)

  Recovery
  Standard
Sensors

  Range
(mi.)(1)

  Flight Time
(min.)(1)

Raven   4.5   4.2   Vertical autonomous landing capable   Electro-optical or infrared   6.0   90

Dragon Eye

 

3.8

 

5.9

 

Horizontal autonomous landing capable

 

Electro-optical or infrared

 

3.0

 

60

Wasp

 

2.4

 

1.0

 

Horizontal autonomous landing capable (ground or water)

 

Electro-optical

 

5.0

 

45

Puma

 

8.5

 

12.5

 

Vertical autonomous landing capable (ground or water)

 

Dual electro-optical and infrared

 

6.0

 

150

(1)
Represents minimum customer-mandated specifications for all operating conditions. In optimal conditions, the performance of our products may significantly exceed these specifications.

UAS Products





        Our small UAS, including Raven, Wasp, Dragon Eye and SIZE=2>Puma, are designed to provide valuable Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or ISR, including real-time tactical reconnaissance,
tracking, combat assessment and geographic data, directly to the small tactical unit or individual warfighter, thereby increasing flexibility in mission planning and execution. Our small unmanned
aircraft wirelessly transmit critical live video and other information generated by their payload of electro-optical or infrared sensors, enabling the operator to view and capture images, during the
day or at night, on a hand-held ground control unit. All of our ground control units allow the operator to control the aircraft by programming it for GPS-based
autonomous navigation using operator-designated way-points and, with the exception of
Dragon Eye's
ground control unit, also provide for manual flight operation. These ground control units are designed for durability and ease of use in harsh environments and incorporate a user-friendly,
intuitive, graphical user interface. With the exception of
Dragon Eye, all of our small unmanned aircraft operate from a common ground control unit.



        All
of our small UAS are designed to be man-portable, assembled without tools in less than five minutes and launched and operated by one person with limited training
required. The efficient and reliable electric motors used in all of our small UAS are powered by replaceable modular battery packs that can be changed in seconds, enabling rapid return to flight. All
of our small UAS can be recovered through an autonomous landing feature that enables a controlled descent to a designated location.




        In
military applications, our systems enable tactical leaders to observe the next corner, intersection or ridgeline in real-time. This information facilitates faster, safer
movement through urban and mountainous environments and can enable troops to act on intelligence rather than react to an attack. Moreover, by providing this information, our small UAS reduce the risk
to warfighters and to the surrounding population by providing the ability to tailor the military response to the threat. U.S. military personnel regularly use our small UAS, such as
Raven, for force
protection, combat enemy observation and damage assessment missions. These reusable systems are easy to transport, assemble and operate
and are relatively quiet when flying at typical operational altitudes of 200 to 300 feet due to our efficient electric propulsion systems. Furthermore, their small size makes them difficult to see
from the ground. In addition, the low cost of our small UAS relative to larger systems and alternatives makes it practical for warfighters to deploy these assets directly.



        Our
small UAS also include spare equipment, alternative payload modules, batteries, chargers, repairs and Internet-enabled customer support. We provide training by our highly-skilled
instructors, who typically have extensive military experience, and continuous refurbishment and repair services for our products. We currently maintain a forward operating depot in Iraq to support the
large fleet of our small UAS deployed there. By maintaining close contact with our customers and users in the field, we gather critical feedback on our products and incorporate that information into
ongoing product development and research and development efforts. This approach enables us to improve our solutions in response to, and in anticipation of, evolving customer needs.



        The
U.S. Army projects its total demand for our
Raven small UAS at approximately 1,900 new systems, of which we had delivered
approximately 43% as of April 30, 2008. For the fiscal years ended April 30, 2008, 2007 and 2006, sales of our UAS products and services accounted for 86%, 84% and 80%, respectively, of
our revenue.



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        Each
system in our small UAS portfolio typically includes three aircraft, a ground control unit and an array of spare parts and accessories. Our current small UAS portfolio consists of
the following products:
















































































Small UAS

Product

 Wingspan

(ft.)

 Weight

(lbs.)

 Recovery
 Standard

Sensors

 Range

(mi.)(1)

 Flight Time

(min.)(1)

Raven 4.5 4.2 Vertical autonomous landing capable Electro-optical or infrared 6.0 90

Dragon Eye

 


3.8

 


5.9

 


Horizontal autonomous landing capable

 


Electro-optical or infrared

 


3.0

 


60

Wasp

 


2.4

 


1.0

 


Horizontal autonomous landing capable (ground or water)

 


Electro-optical

 


5.0

 


45

Puma

 


8.5

 


12.5

 


Vertical autonomous landing capable (ground or water)

 


Dual electro-optical and infrared

 


6.0

 


150






(1)
Represents
minimum customer-mandated specifications for all operating conditions. In optimal conditions, the performance of our products may significantly exceed these specifications.



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