AeroVironment Unveils Four-Ounce Pocket DDL Secure Video and Data Receiver for Remote Access to Aerial Networks

  AeroVironment Unveils Four-Ounce Pocket DDL Secure Video and Data Receiver
  for Remote Access to Aerial Networks

  *Provides remote access to video and data from Digital Data Link (DDL) -
    enabled aircraft
  *USB interface offers easy integration with Android, iOS and Windows

AUSA 2013

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- October 22, 2013

Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting - AeroVironment, Inc.
(NASDAQ: AVAV) today unveiled its new Pocket DDL™ secure digital video and
data receiver. The four-ounce device enables remote viewing of video and data
from AeroVironment small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as well as from
helicopters, airplanes, other unmanned aircraft and ground robots equipped
with the company’s Digital Data Link.

AeroVironment's four-ounce Pocket DDL™ is as small as a deck of playing cards
but provides secure re ...

AeroVironment's four-ounce Pocket DDL™ is as small as a deck of playing cards
but provides secure remote access to video and data from DDL-equipped
helicopters, airplanes, unmanned aircraft and ground robots. (Photo: Business

AeroVironment has delivered thousands of DDL-enabled unmanned aircraft
systems. Each AeroVironment small unmanned air vehicle wirelessly transmits
video and data to its operator via the company’s standard hand-held ground
control unit and to an optional additional observer through a remote viewing
terminal. Pocket DDL now gives anyone in the area secure access to view the
video and data generated by any aircraft equipped with the company’s DDL on
commercially available smart phones, tablets or virtually any USB equipped
end-user display device.

“Small unmanned aircraft systems provide unprecedented situational awareness
to their operators by virtue of their ease of use, low cost and aerial vantage
point,” said Roy Minson, AeroVironment senior vice president and general
manager of the company’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. “Pocket
DDL is a valuable new connectivity tool, giving more people secure access to
the critical information UAS can produce. This means that troops on the
ground, rescuers responding to a disaster and farmers in the field can all
receive and benefit from birds-eye video and remote sensing data.”

Designed for simplicity and ease of use, Pocket DDL has no exterior buttons or
displays and is completely controlled through an App. No bulky video equipment
is required to receive critical video and data. Future Apps will enable Pocket
DDL users to communicate and transfer data through DDL-enabled aircraft
networks, gaining greater value from existing infrastructure.

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About AeroVironment’s Family of Small UAS

RQ-11B Raven®, RQ-12 Wasp AE™, RQ-20A Puma™ and Shrike VTOL™ comprise
AeroVironment’s Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Operating with a
common ground control system (GCS), this Family of Systems provides increased
capability to the warfighter that can give ground commanders the option of
selecting the appropriate aircraft based on the type of mission to be
performed. This increased capability has the potential to provide significant
force protection and force multiplication benefits to small tactical units and
security personnel. AeroVironment provides logistics services worldwide to
ensure a consistently high level of operational readiness and provides mission
services for customers requiring only the information its small UAS produce.
AeroVironment has delivered thousands of new and replacement small unmanned
air vehicles to customers within the United States and to more than twenty
international governments.

The Qube™ small UAS is tailored to search and rescue, first response, law
enforcement and other public safety missions. Small enough to fit easily in
the trunk of a car, the Qube system can be unpacked, assembled and ready for
flight in less than five minutes, giving the operator a rapidly deployable eye
in the sky at a fraction of the cost of manned aircraft and large unmanned

About AeroVironment, Inc.

AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops,
produces, operates and supports 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 have 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. Switchblade™ is a tactical missile system designed to provide a
rapid, lethal, pinpoint precision strike capability with minimal collateral
damage. AeroVironment’s electric transportation solutions include a
comprehensive suite of electric vehicle (EV) charging systems, installation
and data services for consumers, automakers, utilities and government
agencies, power cycling and test systems for EV developers and industrial
electric vehicle charging systems for commercial fleets. More information
about AeroVironment is available at

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