AeroVironment has been awarded a $9,098,295 foreign military sales contract with Egypt for RQ-20B Puma AE II M3/M4 systems and support.
Work will be performed in Monrovia, California, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 16, 2020. The US Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity, a US DoD release said today.
The number of UAVs or payload was not mentioned in the release.
According to AeroVironment information, Puma AE's is man portable and capable of both ground and water landings. It is equipped with an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) camera and illuminator.
The UAV is Operated from AeroVironment's ground control station (GCS) which allows the operator to control the aircraft manually or program it for GPS-based autonomous navigation. Puma AE can deliver 3.5+ hours of flight endurance while versatile smart battery options support diverse mission requirements.
A provided plug and play power adapter also makes for easy integration of extended endurance options such as solar wings.
AeroVironment has announced the formation of a joint venture to develop solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance, or HALE, UAS for commercial operations. This category of UAS is also referred to as high-altitude pseudo-satellites, or HAPS
Aerovironments Puma unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been designated Puma 3 AE after the company has undertaken upgrades such as updating the datalink, new avionics and integrating new infrared (IR) sensor. The company has also upgraded Raven UAV with the same features
The US Navy plans to deploy AeroVironments Blackwing, a small, tube-launched unmanned aircraft system that deploys from under the surface of the sea, on manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles. Blackwing builds on AeroVironments extensive operational experience with small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and its Switchblade Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) to provide the Navy with a low cost, submarine launched unmanned aircraft system optimized for Anti-Access/Aerial Denial (A2/AD) environments
AeroVironment has been awarded $18 million contract to supply initial RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to seven allied nations. The contract also includes spare parts and contractor logistics services
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected AeroVironment for the phase II preliminary design for the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program. The 12-month, $19 million phase II effort seeks to conclude with subscale flight demonstrations prior to a planned phase III award decision, AeroVironment said in a press release Wednesday
AeroVironment and Lockheed Martin today announced an agreement to jointly pursue opportunities in unmanned aircraft system (UAS) development. “At Lockheed Martin, we look forward to partnering with AeroVironment to potentially develop integrated solutions for the unmanned systems market,” said Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin senior vice president, corporate strategy and business development
AeroVironment and Kratos Defense & Security Systems have announced a strategic relationship to develop the integration of tube-launched UAS and tactical missile systems into long-range, high speed unmanned systems for their delivery into denied environments. Kratos and AeroVironments first collaborative project will demonstrate the ability to launch and control a small, tube-launched loitering aircraft from a larger runway-independent unmanned aircraft
France has received Washington's nod to export Scalp missiles to Egypt as part of a package for the sale of Rafale fighter jets. The requisite export licences have been received to bypass the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) rules which prohibit sale of military equipment to certain countries which have US made components,
AeroVironment, Inc. unveiled on Monday an upgraded Puma small unmanned aircraft system this week at the AUSA Global Force Symposium, which is now available for export orders
Unmanned systems maker, AeroVironment has secured a $44.5 million contract for Puma II AE small UAS featuring the new Mantis i45 sensor from a Middle Eastern nation
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