AeroVironment secures $5.9 million Puma 3 AE UAS contract award

Composite-intensive tactical UAV, offering surveillance and reconnaissance in maritime and land operations, to be delivered to European allied nation.


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AeroVironment Puma 3 AE UAV.

Photo Credit: AeroVironment

AeroVironment Inc. (Simi Valley, Calif., U.S.) a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), announced on March 11 that it secured a $5,922,461 firm-fixed-price U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract award on December 22, 2020 to provide its composite-intensive Puma 3 AE tactical UAS, training and support to a European allied nation. Delivery is anticipated by April 2021.

“Puma 3 AE offers allied forces an unparalleled perspective of tactical environments, increasing situational awareness and minimizing exposure to possible threats on land or at sea,” says Rick Pedigo, vice president of business development and sales at AeroVironment. “With the help of AeroVironment’s tactical unmanned aircraft systems, like Puma 3 AE, customers are able to increase the mission effectiveness and safety of their frontline forces, even in the most extreme environments.”

AeroVironment says its Puma 3 AE UAS is designed for land and maritime operations. The hand-launched Puma 3 AE has a wingspan of 9.2 feet, weighs 15 pounds and can operate for up to 2.5 hours. The aircraft also has a range of 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) with a standard antenna, and up to 37.2 miles (60 kilometers) with AeroVironment’s Long-Range Tracking Antenna (LRTA). It also features reduced system packaging with a flyable configuration and GCS in one case. Capable of landing in water or on land, the all-environment Puma 3 AE and Mantis i45 EO/IR sensor suite are said to empower operators with extended flight time and a level of imaging capability not previously available in the tactical UAS class.

AeroVironment’s family of tactical UAS comprises the majority of all unmanned aircraft in the U.S. DoD inventory, and its rapidly growing international customer base numbers more than 50 allied governments.