AeroVironment Inc., Simi Valley, California, was awarded a $19,737,523 firm-fixed-price contract for RQ-20 Puma AE techniques, reconnaissance surveillance and goal acquisition kits, preliminary spares package deal, contractor logistics assist, and new tools coaching for the nation of Ukraine. Bids have been solicited by way of the web with one acquired. Work can be carried out in Simi Valley, California, with an estimated completion date of Could 30, 2022. Fiscal 2022 particular funds for $19,737,523 have been obligated on the time of the award. U.S. Military Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting exercise.

The AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma is a small, battery-powered, American, hand-launched unmanned plane system produced by AeroVironment based mostly in California. Its major mission is surveillance and intelligence gathering utilizing an electro-optical and infrared digital camera. The Puma can safely accomplish commentary missions in hazardous Arctic places. Every army RQ-20A system has three air automobiles and two floor stations. The Puma AE can function underneath excessive climate situations together with temperatures starting from ?20 to 120 °F (?29 to 49 °C), wind speeds as much as 25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h), and an inch of rain per hour.


U.S. Military Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dylan Ferguson, a brigade aviation aspect officer with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Fight Crew, launches a Puma unmanned aerial car. (Picture by Sgt. Mike MacLeod/U.S. Military)

AeroVironment’s Puma 3 AE delivers mission-critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) in all environments. Puma 3 AE has a wingspan of 9.2 toes (2.8 meters), weighs 15 kilos (6.8 kilograms), and may function for as much as 37.2 miles (60 kilometers) with AeroVironment’s Lengthy-Vary Monitoring Antenna (LRTA). Multi-mission succesful, operators can swap between Mantis™ i45 and the improved evening variant Mantis i45 N for the day, evening, and low-light operations. Puma 3 AE is launchable by hand, bungee, rail, or car, and recoverable by deep-stall touchdown, offering class-leading capabilities in difficult environments all over the world.

AeroVironment’s portfolio of clever, multi-domain robotic techniques consists of small footprint, runway-independent UAS. These options supply elevated, multi-mission capabilities with the choice of choosing the suitable plane based mostly on the kind of mission to be carried out. With the addition of the Crysalis™ next-generation floor management resolution, command and management of suitable UAS and their payloads are streamlined by an intuitive person expertise, and battlefield communication and collaboration are improved by enabling customers to simply share real-time data and coordinate mission-critical choices. AeroVironment offers turnkey ISR and helps companies worldwide to make sure a constantly excessive degree of mission success.