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AVIAN Acquires Counter-UAS Tactics and Training Company, redUAS

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – AVIAN, Inc., a government acquisition services company, has acquired redUAS, a counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) tactics, and training joint-venture. redUAS was acquired on July 30.  

Prior to its acquisition, redUAS was a joint venture formed in 2017 between AVIAN, and five U.S. Armed Forces veteran-owned, and first responder-owned companies. 

This acquisition will simplify service offerings to redUAS clients by restructuring the joint-venture under AVIAN’s Test & Evaluation | Flight Support (TFS) sector, which is a pioneer in unmanned systems projects for the United States Navy.  

“AVIAN has been a partner in redUAS since day one,” said Kevin Switick, president and chief executive officer at AVIAN. “We are incredibly excited for this acquisition and what it means for the continuation of the counter-UAS mission.” 

Currently, AVIAN supports Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO FOUR (UX-24) test and evaluation of small, medium, and large UAS as well as the stimulation and assessment of C-UAS systems for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). AVIAN supports the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) at Naval Surface Warfare Center – Panama City Division (NSWC – PCD) for the unmanned underwater vehicle mine countermeasures system, the remote multi-mission vehicle mine countermeasures system, and unmanned maritime systems.   

To date, redUAS develops and delivers C-UAS training for U.S.-based first responders through a contract with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) as part of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium. NMT works in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through a cooperative agreement to provide training geared toward preparing emergency first responders to better prevent and respond to terrorist incidents.  

redUAS offers DHS/FEMA-certified in-person and virtual courses designed to provide awareness of the unmanned aircraft threat, the legalities of using both drones and counter-drone technology, and an introductory framework of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP’s) to assist first responders and emergency management professionals to develop an organized and practiced response to malicious and negligent drones operating within their areas of responsibility. The 3-day resident course taught at NMT’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center includes both classroom instruction and field training exercises with live explosive detonations. Shortened executive and mobile courses are also offered.   

“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.” 

About AVIAN  

AVIAN (*ae-v-yin*) is an employee-owned small business, founded in 2005 by retired U.S. Navy Test Pilots, that delivers resourceful, responsive, and reachable solutions to government and commercial clients. 

AVIAN provides program, financial, and logistics management; engineering and systems engineering; test and evaluation of manned and unmanned aerial, surface, and subsurface systems; workforce development and training; communication strategy and graphic design.   

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/C Fire Scout, and the RQ-21 Blackjack UAS systems at NAVAIR in addition to various commercial off-the-shelf UAS systems for government C-UAS efforts.  

AVIAN has consistently grown over the past 16 years and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies for 10 consecutive years, as well as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work. AVIAN has over 300 employees serving more than 80 clients in 13 states with annual revenues exceeding $50 million.  

Its headquarters is in Lexington Park, Maryland with employees located across the country in support of organizations including NAVAIR; NAVSEA, the Office of Naval Research; and the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command.  

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