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Lockheed, AeroVironment Team on Global Observer UAV

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Lockheed Martin Corporation and AeroVironment, Inc. to Pursue Joint Opportunities in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Markets

(Source: AeroVironment; issued Feb 07, 2014)


The agreement aims to combine Lockheed’s systems integration expertise and AV’s Global Observer UAV to meet the emerging requirement for affordable persistent solutions for wide area applications.


• Companies sign memorandum of understanding to explore opportunities for unmanned aircraft systems in international markets
• Primary focus relates to integrating Lockheed Martin mission systems, ground systems and technology with AeroVironment's Global Observer unmanned aircraft system



DEFENSE EXPO –-- AeroVironment, Inc., a leader in unmanned aircraft system solutions, and the Lockheed Martin Corporation, one of the world’s largest aerospace companies and a leading systems integrator, today announced an agreement to jointly pursue opportunities in unmanned aircraft system (UAS) development.

“At Lockheed Martin, we look forward to partnering with AeroVironment to potentially develop integrated solutions for the unmanned systems market,” said Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin senior vice president, corporate strategy and business development. “Using our expertise in systems integration and AeroVironment’s knowledge of unmanned aircraft solutions, we will together look for opportunities to develop innovative technologies that create value for new and existing customers.”

“Numerous customers are seeking persistent solutions for wide area applications, such as border surveillance and communications, that are much more affordable than those available previously," said Roy Minson, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. "Lockheed Martin’s broad systems integration expertise gives us the opportunity to work together and develop innovative, end-to-end atmospheric satellite systems built around Global Observer that deliver breakthrough capabilities to customers.”

Lockheed Martin designs, develops, produces, supports and sustains a wide variety of manned and unmanned systems that span Group 1 to Group 5 unmanned aircraft systems along with a wide range of subsystems including: EO, IR, laser and EW payloads; and a family of Ground Control Systems (GCS) such as One System GCS, Common GCS, Mobile GCS and Expeditionary GCS.


Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops, produces, supports and operates an advanced portfolio of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and electric transportation solutions. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s electric-powered, hand-launched unmanned aircraft systems extensively to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and communication. Multiple government agencies helped to fund the development and demonstration of Global Observer, a hybrid-electric, stratospheric UAS designed to provide affordable, persistent reconnaissance and communication over any location on the globe.

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