US Army awards con­tracts for small UAVS

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AeroViron­ment, Inc. an­nounced that the United States Army has se­lected it and four other com­pa­nies to com­pete for fu­ture small UAS re­quire­ments un­der a new firm fixed-price in­def­i­nite de­liv­ery in­def­i­nite quan­tity (IDIQ) con­tract with a $248 mil­lion max­i­mum value.

The con­tract will en­able the con­tin­ued pro­cure­ment of AeroViron­ment’s RQ-11B Raven and RQ-20A Puma AE sys­tems as well as com­pet­ing medium- and long-range small un­manned air­craft sys­tems.

“We have suc­cess­fully com­peted for ev­ery ma­jor United States De­part­ment of De­fense pro­gramme of record in­volv­ing small UAS and have de­liv­ered highly re­li­able sys­tems with in­creas­ing ca­pa­bil­ity to sup­port our warfight­ers,” said Roy Min­son, AeroViron­ment Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager of its Un­manned Air­craft Sys­tems busi­ness seg­ment. “This new IDIQ con­tract pro­vides for con­tin­ued pro­cure­ment of small UAS, re­flect­ing the high value of this ca­pa­bil­ity. We look for­ward to sup­port­ing the US Army and other cus­tomers with mar­ket lead­ing small UAS so­lu­tions that an­tic­i­pate the ever-evolv­ing needs of warfight­ers and ad­dress the bud­getary con­straints of gov­ern­ments.”

RQ-11B Raven, Wasp AE, RQ-20A Puma and Shrike VTOL com­prise AeroViron­ment’s fam­ily of small un­manned air­craft sys­tems. Op­er­at­ing with a com­mon ground con­trol sys­tem (GCS), this fam­ily of sys­tems pro­vides in­creased ca­pa­bil­ity to the warfighter that can give ground com- man­ders the op­tion of se­lect­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate air­craft based on the type of mis­sion to be per­formed.

The Qube small UAS is tai­lored to law en­force­ment, first re­sponse and other pub­lic safety mis­sions. Small enough to fit eas­ily in the trunk of a car, the Qube sys­tem can be un­packed, as­sem­bled and ready for flight in less than five min­utes, giv­ing the op­er­a­tor a rapidly de­ploy­able eye in the sky at a frac­tion of the cost of manned air­craft and large un­manned air­craft.

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