AeroVironment introduces Puma VNS, a visual navigation system that enables GPS-free navigation in environments where GPS is challenged

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in intelligent multi-domain robotics systems, today introduced Puma™ VNS, a visual navigation system for Puma 2 AE and Puma 3 AE small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) that will enable GPS-free navigation in increasingly GPS-challenged environments.

The system will provide operators with continually advanced navigation capabilities, features and functionality through advance software and hardware updates. The system will also allow the integration of future autonomous capabilities.

“Puma VNS gives operators an unprecedented advantage on the battlefield,” said Trace Stevenson, AeroVironment vice president and general product line manager for SUAS. “Operators can now execute missions with more confidence in a GPS-challenged environment thanks to the system’s new navigation capabilities.”

The next-generation navigation system includes a suite of downward-facing sensors that collect imagery data and track ground features, as well as an integrated computational module to process and determine an aircraft’s precise location while in flight. Designed with the operator in mind, the system automatically switches to and from non-GPS navigation mode without any operator intervention.

Puma VNS is available as an add-on option for new orders of Puma 3 AE systems and as an upgrade kit for Puma 2 AE and Puma 3 AE systems in service. To learn more about Puma VNS, visit www.avinc.com/pumaae.

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AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides technology solutions at the intersection of robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity that deliver more actionable intelligence so you can proceed with certainty. Based in Virginia, AeroVironment is a global leader in multi-domain intelligent robotic systems and serves defense, government and commercial customers. For more information, visit www.avinc.com.

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