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The US Army has exercised the second of three options under the sole source Flight Control Systems (FCS) domain of the Army’s multi-year small UAS contract. The option is valued at US$20,979,905 and includes avionics and data link upgrade packages to modify radio frequencies employed by the Army’s existing fleet of RAVEN® tactical UAVs. The period of Performance ends 30 June 2022.

The contract option was exercised under the Army’s FCS domain awarded to AeroVironment in June 2019 with an initial base delivery order of US$862,488. FCS is the first of six domains comprising the Army’s existing five-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) SUAS contract and has a potential value of up to US$55M. The Army’s first option under the existing contract – valued at US$21,058,643 – was exercised in April 2020, bringing the total value to date to US$42,901,035.

Rick Pedigo, AeroVironment Vice President of Business Development and Sales, said, “The US Army possesses the largest fleet of RAVEN small unmanned aircraft systems in the world. For more than a decade, RAVEN systems have provided frontline soldiers with increased mission effectiveness, safety and situational awareness so they can proceed with certainty.”

Jack Richardson