AVIAN Joins Counter-UAS Tactics and Training Venture, redUAS

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June 28, 2017

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – Around the world, unmanned systems, better known as drones, continue to rise in popularity at incredible rates. Drones the size of cell phones now have the power to capture hi-quality photo and video, but their capabilities don’t stop there.

Recently, terrorists have found ways to modify and weaponize recreational drones creating an urgent need for trained counter-UAS professionals.

That’s where redUAS comes in. A joint venture between AVIAN LLC and five veteran U.S. armed forces-owned and first responder-owned companies, redUAS has created a strategic course-load for producing personalized counter-UAS tactics.

“To properly counter this new threat, we need to understand the attack techniques being used, and develop counter tactics, techniques and procedures to defeat them,” said Kevin Switick, an-owner and president of AVIAN. “If an organization or agency’s plan is to simply buy counter-UAS technology, then wait for a drone to appear and ‘shoot it down,’ they are going to be too late. These drones are too fast, too nimble and too quiet, counter drone technology alone is ineffective without tactics and training.”

redUAS has developed six courses designed to walk customers through the creation of their counter-UAS tactics in a series of logical steps that starts with understanding and training the customer’s workforce on the threat, selecting the appropriate technology for their team, drafting their own tactics manual and ultimately, conducting field training exercises.

“redUAS is determined to provide our first-responders and defense agencies basic counter-UAS awareness training. The threat is real, the time for action is now,” Switick said. “From protecting the next Super Bowl, to protecting your privacy, redUAS is ready to train professionals on the ins and outs of tactical defense.”

For the past 11 years, AVIAN has pioneered unmanned systems projects for the United States Navy, Providing test support for small, medium and large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the unmanned underwater vehicle mine countermeasures system and the remote multi-mission vehicle mine countermeasures system for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

Innovators in the unmanned systems industry, AVIAN has achieved the first helicopter unmanned air vehicle landing onboard a Littoral Combat Ship, the first dual air vehicle flight from a single control station and the first laser guided rocket shot from a helicopter unmanned air vehicle.

AVIAN tests and operates the MQ-4C Triton, the MQ-8B Fire Scout and the RQ-21 Blackjack UAS systems at NAVAIR.

More about AVIAN LLC

AVIAN LLC is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. We believe talent and passion generate solutions to today’s business challenges. We understand that these characteristics thrive in a business culture that embraces innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit.

Founded by U.S. Navy test pilots in 2005, AVIAN has strong roots in test and evaluation, while also finding recent success in traditional classroom instruction and electronically-enhanced training opportunities for government and commercial clients.

We are resourceful, responsive and reachable for our clients in program, financial, and logistics management; engineering and systems engineering; test and evaluation of manned and unmanned aerial systems; research and development; workforce development and training; and communication strategy and graphic design.

AVIAN provides a broad range of niche expertise to more than 20 NAVAIR program offices and a total of ten prime contracts with NAVAIR, Naval Sea Systems Command and the Office of Naval Research.

AVIAN is a corporate sponsor with International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA), the Think Before You Launch (TBYL) campaign, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVUSI) and participates with Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA).

AVIAN is headquartered in Lexington Park, Maryland with more than 230 employees located across the country. Specifically, we are supporting customers in Huntsville, Alabama; China Lake and San Francisco, California; Panama City, Florida; Lexington Park and Patuxent River, Maryland; Arlington and Quantico, Virginia.