US develops Tether Eye with funding from CTTSO

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) said United States Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) is evaluating the company´s new tethered unmanned aircraft system, named Tether Eyeâ„¢, for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and security applications, the company said.

The CTTSO funded the development program under a US government contract.

The AeroVironment Tether Eye unmanned aircraft system is designed to provide continuous, 24-hours-a-day surveillance at up to 150 feet above its launch point. Tether Eye deploys automatically from a small, weather-sealed, self-contained base station and ascends to a pre-determined hover altitude from where viewers of its video feed take advantage of its 360-degree field of view.

The specially designed and ruggedized tether connecting Tether Eye to its base station provides continuous power, which, combined with AeroVironment´s track record of proven reliability, enables uninterrupted long-term operation.

RQ-11B Raven®, RQ-12 Wasp®, RQ-20A Pumaâ„¢ and Switchbladeâ„¢ 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. AeroVironment has delivered thousands of new and replacement small unmanned air vehicles to customers within the United States and to more than 30 international governments.

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.