Press Release: September 5, 2017
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Aerovehicles Launches its First Aerostat, Especially Designed for Surveillance Tasks in All Types of Weather, Including Arctic Winds and Ice
The company seeks its place in a growing market
Villa de Merlo, San Luis: During the last week of August 2017, Aerovehicles Inc. (AVI) completed the first flights of its aerostat prototype. It successfully passed all the tests it was subjected to in varying wind conditions. The aerostat was designed entirely in Argentina in conjunction with the Aeronautical and Space Department of the National Industrial Technology Institute (INTI, its acronym in Spanish) and manufactured in Concordia, Entre Rios together with BA Aeroplanos (BAaer).
Very pleased with the successful flight tests, AVI CEO Bob Fowler said: “With this prototype we meet a specific demand fulfilling a fundamental need of Argentina while creating high tech jobs in the Argentine Aerospace industry. At a competitive price, our aerostat design has equal or better capabilities than those offered in the rest of the world, which allows us to enter the market in a very good position with an excellent product”.
However, much work remains to be done. With the data obtained from the tests the engineers from AVI, INTI and BAaer will define the final design, while preparing for the production line. On the other hand, AVI believes that this aerostat will represent a great contribution to its line of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services, which includes all three versions of the Berkut airplane: manned, optionally manned and unmanned (autonomous or remotely piloted).
About Aerovehicles Inc.: Founded and incorporated in California, USA in 2002, AVI has maintained a presence in Argentina since 2007 with a majority of the directors being Argentine. Based in the Province of San Luis, the company is dedicated to the design and production of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles. In cooperation with national and foreign companies, AVI develops and provides state-of-the-art ISR system platforms and solutions in Argentina for worldwide export.