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.