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US Navy to Deploy AeroVironment Blackwing Reconnaissance UAS on

US Navy to Deploy AeroVironment Blackwing Reconnaissance UAS on

AeroVironment, Inc. has announced that the United States Navy plans to deploy the company’s Blackwing tube-launched small unmanned aircraft system, which deploys from under the surface of the sea, on manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles. (date: )

AeroVironment, Inc. has announced that the United States Navy plans to deploy the company’s Blackwing tube-launched small unmanned aircraft system, which deploys from under the surface of the sea, on manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles.

Blackwing builds on AeroVironment’s extensive operational experience with small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and its Switchblade Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) to provide the Navy with a low cost, submarine launched unmanned aircraft system optimized for Anti-Access/Aerial Denial (A2/AD) environments. AeroVironment developed the Blackwing system as part of a 2013 Navy and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) sponsored JCTD called Advanced Weapons Enhanced by Submarine UAS against Mobile targets (AWESUM). This JCTD was completed in September 2015 with a strong recommendation to transition the capability into the fleet. Blackwing employs an advanced, miniature electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) payload, Selective Availability Anti-spoofing Module (SASSM) GPS and AeroVironment’s secure Digital Data Link (DDL), all packaged into a vehicle that launches from manned and unmanned submarines.

Source: http://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com/2016/05/us-navy-to-deploy-aerovironment-blackwing-reconnaissance-uas-on-submarines/