Turn on the news and chances are you’ll hear about a drone strike on bad guys in Pakistan or Yemen. What you probably won’t hear about are the more mundane missions drone operators are performing to gather intelligence about those and other bad guys.
Military drones range in size from the .6 oz BLACK HORNET manufactured by FLIR Systems (FLIR) to the 14,000 lb. Global Hawk from Northrup Grumman (NOC). In addition to size, drones can be categorized as strategic or tactical and armed or unarmed with the latter outfitted with sensors for conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (NYSEMKT:ISR)
Aerovironment (AVAV) is the leading manufacturer and provider of support services for a niche market of ISR drones used by tactical military units (consisting of roughly between 40 to 100 personnel). In addition to FLIR, other companies with
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