General Dynamics, AeroVironment join forces to give combat vehicles their own drones


WASHINGTON — General Dynamics and AeroVironment are teaming up to integrate ground combat vehicles with drone technology in preparation for two high-stakes Army and Marine Corps vehicle programs, the companies announced Oct. 8.

General Dynamics Land Systems and AeroVironment plan to network GD’s entrant for the Marine Corps’ armored reconnaissance vehicle, or ARV, program with the drone makers’ Switchblade missile and the Shrike 2 unmanned aerial system still in development by the company, said Dave Sharpin, AeroVironment’s head of tactical UAS.

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