AeroVironment Receives Contracts from U.S. Army for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Sustainment

Puma at take-off

Puma at take-off

Since May 1, AeroVironment has received 10 orders from the United States Army for the RQ-11B Raven and RQ-20A Puma AE unmanned aircraft systems sustainment. The orders total $47.1 million.

“Sustaining the Army’s large fleet of Raven and Puma AE systems ensures that soldiers continue to have the most effective, reliable and adaptable small UAS available to support them wherever and whenever required,” said Kirk Flittie, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s UAS business segment, according to a news release. “These contracts assure that American soldiers can continue to rely on our combat-proven solutions to deliver powerful insight, on-demand, that helps them operate more safely and effectively.”

The lightweight Raven is designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military applications that require low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence, according to the release. The small Puma AE is designed for land-based and maritime operations. Because it can land in salt water or on the ground, the Puma AE offers operators flexibility.

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