AeroVironment gets USD13m order for US Marine Corps

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) said it has received a firm fixed-price order valued at USD13,015,396 for RQ-20A Pumaâ„¢ AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages for the United States Marine Corps on October 27, 2015.

The Marine Corps employs the Puma AE system as the long-range solution for its small unit remote scouting system (SURSS), complementing the AeroVironment RQ-11B Raven® and RQ-12A Wasp® AE UAS.

AeroVironment received the order from ADS, Inc. on behalf of the US Marine Corps through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) program. Delivery is scheduled within 12 months.

The Puma AE weighs 13.5 pounds, operates for more than 210 minutes at a range of up to 15 kilometers and delivers live, streaming color and infrared video as well as laser illumination from its pan-tilt-zoom Mantis i23 AE gimbaled payload. Launched by hand and capable of landing on the ground or in fresh or salt water, the Puma AE provides portability and flexibility for infantry, littoral or maritime reconnaissance operations.

RQ-11B Raven®, RQ-12 Wasp®, RQ-20A Pumaâ„¢ and Shrike VTOLâ„¢ comprise AeroVironment´s Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Operating with a common ground control system (GCS), this Family of Systems provides increased capability to the warfighter that can give ground commanders the option of selecting the appropriate aircraft based on the type of mission to be performed.

AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops, produces, supports and operates an advanced portfolio of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and electric transportation solutions.

ADS, Inc. is a leading solutions provider proudly serving all branches of the US military, federal, state and local government organizations, law enforcement agencies, first responders, partner nations and the defense industry.