US Army awards AeroViron­ment or­ders for Switch­blade tac­ti­cal mis­sile sys­tems

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AeroViron­ment, Inc. has re­ceived or­ders val­ued at $3,67,46,304 un­der a con­tract for Switch­blade tac­ti­cal mis­sile sys­tems, an­cil­lary equip­ment and sup­port. The United States Army Close Com­bat Weapons Sys­tems Pro­gram Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fice Mis­siles and Space (PEO MS) awarded th­ese con­tract mod­i­fi­ca­tions. AeroViron­ment and its strate­gic team­mate for ad­vanced war­heads, ATK, will work to­gether to pro­duce and de­liver the sys­tems.

“Even in tight de­fence bud­get en­vi­ron­ments, there is a need for in­no­va­tive new weapon sys­tems that al­low our cus­tomers to achieve de­ci­sive force while re­duc­ing to­tal mis­sion costs,” said Tim Con­ver, AeroViron­ment Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer. “This surge of de­mand for Switch­blade rep­re­sents a break­through in its tran­si­tion from de­vel­op­ment, test­ing and eval­u­a­tion to adop­tion.”

“Switch­blade helps pro­tect our forces from harm in very dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions,” said Roy Min­son, AeroViron­ment Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager of the com­pany’s un­manned air­craft sys­tems busi­ness seg­ment. Switch­blade pro­vides a high-pre­ci­sion, di­rect fire ca­pa­bil­ity at be­yond-line-of-sight ranges in a rapidly de­ploy­able, back­pack­able pack­age weigh­ing six pounds.

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