Switchblade Tactical Missile System by AeroVironment

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United States of America

181 W. Huntington Drive, Suite 202
Monrovia, CA 91016

The Switchblade is designed to provide the warfighter with a back-packable, non-line-of-sight precision strike solution with minimal collateral effects. It can rapidly provide a powerful, but expendable miniature flying intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) package on a beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) target within minutes. This miniature, remotely-piloted or autonomous platform can either glide or propel itself via quiet electric propulsion, providing real-time GPS coordinates and video for information gathering, targeting, or feature/object recognition. The vehicle’s small size and quiet motor make it difficult to detect, recognize and track even at very close range. The Switchblade is fully scalable and can be launched from a variety of air and ground platforms.



Switchblade is operated from AeroVironment’s battle proven ground control system (GCS) with a communications range of greater than 10 km. Our common GCS interfaces with AeroVironment air vehicles  reducing the level of training required and decreasing the time and cost involved.




GCS                            Common Ground Control Station for Raven, Wasp AE and Puma AE

Range                         10 km radius of operation

Endurance                  10 min

Speed                         55 to 85 kts

Operational Altitude            Below 500 feet AGL (ceiling >15,000 feet MSL)

Weight                        Fits inside ALICE pack, approx. 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) (includes payload, launcher and transport bag)

Launch Method          Self contained ground launch

Observables               Very small visual, thermal and acoustic signatures

Lethality                      Precision strike with very low collateral damage

Optional Launch Platforms   Air vehicle, ground vehicle, water craft, etc.


Aerodynamic Design

Very small visual, thermal, and acoustic signatures with a 10+ km radius of operation 10+ minute endurance and speed ranging from 55 to 85 kts.



Low collateral precision strike warhead.




IR camera and dual forward and side look EO cameras.


Man Packable and Rugged

Ruggedly deployable and tube launched. Fits inside ALICE pack weighing approximately 5.5 lbs (includes payload, launcher, and transport bag).

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Description: Switchblade Tactical Missile System
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