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AeroVironment has received payment for the fixed price contract to supply its Puma 3 AE UAV to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

The $10m contract for the UAVs and their spares was signed on 18th February 2020 for the Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems program.

Delivery is expected later this month.

“Puma 3 AE is a combat-proven enabler of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps tactical operations, providing persistent situational awareness, expeditionary reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition, force protection and overwatch – anywhere and at any time, said Rick Pedigo, AeroVironment vice president of business development.

“Its versatility, ruggedness and reliability in a wide range of operating environments – over land and sea – consistently provide the actionable intelligence warfighters need to proceed with certainty,” he added.

The Puma AE3 is hand launched and fully man-portable.

It can operate for up to 2.5 hours at a range of 20 to 60 kilometres (depending on antenna).

The UAV, which can be recovered to land or water, is able to carry a variety of payloads to enable on demand situational awareness.

It has been sold to both the US military and customers overseas.