AeroVironment wins UAS orders from U.S. military

AeroVironment has received a $2.43 million order for its Puma AE small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from the U.S. Army, and a $5.6 million for its RQ-20A Puma AE from the U.S. Marine Corps.

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AeroVironment (Monrovia, Calif., USA) announced on April 18 that it has received a firm fixed-price order valued at $2.43 million on April 5 from the U.S. Air Force for Puma AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) through an existing U.S. Army contract.  

AeroVironment also reported on April 20 that the U.S. Marine Corps is the first military service to adopt four different small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from the company with the receipt of a firm fixed-price order valued at $5.6 million for the RQ-20A Puma AE through an existing U.S. Army contract.

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) selected the Puma UAS in 2008 for its AECV program after a full and open competition, the fourth U.S. Department of Defense competition for programs of record involving small UAS and the fourth such competition won by AeroVironment. In 2011 the United States Army assumed management of the AECV program. Each Puma system consists of three air vehicles and two ground control systems. The air vehicle carries an integrated electro-optical and infrared gimbaled video camera, is designed for enhanced survivability in land and maritime environments, and can operate effectively in foul weather and over rugged terrain. Its quiet operation, stabilized imagery and precision landing capability make Puma systems easy to operate and recover. The Puma air vehicle weighs 13 lb/5.9 kg, is battery powered and has a flight endurance of two hours.