Miniature Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MUAV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-06-P-0020
Agency Tracking Number: S052-011-0105
Amount: $99,758.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM05-011
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
AEROVIRONMENT, INC.
825 S. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, CA, 91016
DUNS: 058024456
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerry Cleveland
 Director, Contracts & Legal Affairs
 (626) 357-9983
 cleveland@aerovironment.com
Business Contact
 Jerry Cleveland
Title: Director, Contracts & Legal Affairs
Phone: (626) 357-9983
Email: cleveland@aerovironment.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Special operation forces utilize C-130 aircraft that often operate in night/adverse weather, low-level, deep-penetration missions in contested or hostile environments. These low altitude missions result in higher risks to the crew and aircraft. AeroVironment proposes to leverage their current packaged and air-launched unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developments to design a self-contained, packaged UAV, organic to the C-130 (and potentially other platforms) to increase its safety and operational effectiveness. Such an UAV will be capable of being deployed from the host aircraft, fly low and close to the contested area to provide intelligence, surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and battle damage assessment (BDA) data while keeping the C-130 at a safe standoff distance and crew out of harms way. The UAV would have interchangeable modular payloads with sensor packages tailored for the specific mission. Real-time data link will enable the onboard sensor operator to quickly investigate, identify, and mark hostile forces for interception, engagement, or avoidance. Additionally, the use of UAVs would provide the capability to conduct operations simultaneously in multiple locations, greatly enhancing the operational effectiveness of the C-130 aircraft.

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