AeroVironment Secures Global Distribution Rights for Sentient's Target Detection Software for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) and Australia-based Sentient today announced the signing of an exclusive global license agreement that allows AeroVironment to distribute Sentient's automatic target detection software for full motion video for use with small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Sentient's Kestrel Land MTI Tier I is specifically designed to enable automated detection of targets, in real time, from small UAS. Over the past 18 months Sentient and AeroVironment have optimized and integrated the software with AeroVironment's existing common Ground Control System (GCS), which serves the Puma(tm), Raven(r) and Wasp(tm) small UAS.

"The Kestrel software adds capability to our existing small UAS by automatically detecting moving objects on the video screen and presenting that information visually to the operator," said Tom Herring, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. "This software makes it much easier to detect and track multiple moving objects in the battle space, thus delivering improved situational awareness to the system operator and tactical commander."

Military forces frequently deploy AeroVironment's small UAS in dynamic and complex operating environments. Kestrel has the ability to give operators an immediate cue to potential threats. This capability enhances situational awareness on the ground, which can help save lives.

"Kestrel Land MTI is deployed in a variety of theaters all over the world," said Simon Olsen, sales and marketing manager at Sentient. "The automated cueing capability has proven to be a decisive edge in a number of operational missions. This extensive operational experience was a key prerequisite for this relationship to proceed."

The license agreement between AeroVironment and Sentient does not include Sentient's automated target detection software solutions Kestrel Land MTI Tier II, Kestrel Land MTI Tier III and Kestrel Maritime.

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Source: AeroVironment, Inc. (The Boyer Syndicate, Inc.)
Date: Feb 14, 2012