US Army awards AeroVironment orders for Switchblade tactical missile systems
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.