The US Army has awarded AeroVironment a contract worth $76 million for the supply of Switchblade Weapon System.
The Switchblade is a miniature, high-precision strike tactical missile system designed to engage stationary and moving targets. It is equipped with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, enabling it to engage beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) targets. It weighs 2kg and can attain a maximum speed of 85kts.
The system can be operated manually or autonomously. It provides the operator with real-time video through the ground control system.
Work will be performed in Simi Valley, California, with an estimated completion date of April 29, 2023.