AeroVironment Launches Switchblade 300 Block 20 – a Highly Mobile and Quickly Deployable Loitering Missile System

AeroVironment, a leading provider of unmanned aircraft systems, has introduced the latest version of its Switchblade® 300 rapidly deployable loitering missile system, the Switchblade 300 Block 20. This new system builds on the battle-proven legacy of the Block 10C, offering improved operational features and significant performance and capability improvements.

The Switchblade 300 Block 20 is designed to be portable, lightweight, and easy to operate, requiring only a single operator. It features a new tablet-based Fire Control System that allows operators to easily train, plan, and execute missions, while an integrated control directly onto the launcher tube simplifies operation even further. With these new features, the Switchblade 300 Block 20 provides a game-changing capability for both U.S. and allied forces.

The system’s patented wave-off capability and left-hand commit with continuous positive identification make it an extremely effective tool in highly dynamic environments. Weighing just under five pounds, the precision-guided missile can be deployed in less than two minutes via tube-launch from land, sea, or mobile platforms, providing greater mission flexibility. The Switchblade 300 Block 20 also features a longer endurance, improved Digital Data Link (DDL) range, new EO/IR panning camera suite, and left-hand commit with continuous positive identification (PID).

The Switchblade 300 Block 20 provides small expeditionary units with a stand-alone precision capability with minimal collateral effects. It delivers 20-plus minutes of tactical reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition, providing real-time video for use against beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) targets. Cursor-on-Target GPS coordinates provide situational awareness, information collection, targeting, and feature/object recognition, enabling the system to deliver actionable intelligence and precision firepower needed to achieve mission success across multiple domains.

Overall, the Switchblade 300 Block 20 is an impressive new development in the rapidly deployable loitering missile system category. With its improved performance and operational features, it offers a reliable and effective solution for unmanned aircraft systems to address lethal threats, ensuring safe and secure operations for U.S. and allied forces.

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