AeroVironment Gets $13M UAV Order from U.S. Marine Corps

November 25, 2015  - By
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A Puma AE being launched.

A Puma AE being launched.

AeroVironment has received an order valued at $13 million for RQ-20A Puma AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages for the United States Marine Corps.

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.

The Puma AE unmanned aircraft system delivers situational awareness directly to its operator in ground, to help provide information superiority on the battlefield.

AeroVironment received the order from ADS Inc. on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps through the Defense Logistics Agency Tailored Logistics Support 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.

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