AeroVironment's Family of Loitering Missile Systems

AeroVironment’s Family of Loitering Missile Systems


AeroVironment’s tactical missile systems close the gap between observation and action, giving troops the ability to identify threats and deliver a precision lethal payload with minimal collateral damage. Their small size and low acoustic, visual and thermal signature make them difficult to detect, recognize or track, even at close range. Rapidly deployable, highly maneuverable, with high performance optics and scalable munition payloads, AeroVironment’s Switchblade loitering missile systems enable the warfighter to easily launch, fly, track and engage beyond line-of-sight targets and light armored vehicles across land, maritime, and air-launched scenarios. When every second counts, AeroVironment’s tactical missile systems deliver the actionable intelligence and precision firepower needed to achieve mission success across multiple domains.

AeroVironment’s Switchblade 300 Loitering Missile Systems

Supporting conventional or special operations forces in the field or from fixed defensive positions, the combat-proven Switchblade 300 with patented wave-off feature is the ideal loitering missile for use against beyond-line-of-sight targets. Back-packable and rapidly deployable from air, sea or ground platforms, Switchblade 300 features increased lethality, reach and precision strike capabilities with low collateral effects. Remotely piloted or flown autonomously, Switchblade can provide real-time GPS coordinates and video for information gathering, targeting, or feature/object recognition. The vehicle’s small size and quiet electric motor make it difficult to detect, recognize, and track, even at close range.

AeroVironment’s Switchblade 600 Loitering Missile Systems

Switchblade 600 redefines the next generation of extended-range loitering missiles, delivering unprecedented RSTA support and featuring high-precision optics, over 40 minutes of loitering endurance, and an anti-armor warhead for engaging larger, hardened targets at greater distances. As an all-in-one, man-portable solution, Switchblade 600 includes everything required to successfully plan and execute missions and can be set up and operational in less than 10 minutes. Equipped with class-leading, high-resolution EO/IR gimbaled sensors and advanced precision flight control, Switchblade 600 empowers the warfighter with quick and easy deployment via tube-launch, and the capability to fly, track and engage non-line-of-sight targets and light-armored vehicles with precision lethal effects without the need for external ISR or fires assets.

AeroVironment’s Blackwing Loitering Missile Systems

Adaptability is the key to Blackwing’s design. With its built-in secure Digital Data Link (DDL™), Blackwing can deliver cross-domain command-and-control relay operations among undersea and surface vessels and unmanned underwater vehicles, and is interoperable with our family of UAS. It incorporates an advanced, miniature electro-optical and infrared sensor for rapid-response intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and the modular payload bay enables a range of mission objectives. Blackwing can be deployed from a submerged submarine using an underwater-to-surface delivery canister, a surface ship, or mobile ground vehicle via tube or multipack launcher. Its small size and quiet motor make it difficult to detect, recognize, or track, even at close range.