AeroVironment, Inc. recently announced that it has received a contract delivery order valued at $7,231,440 for new digital Puma® All Environment (AE) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and training services. The items were procured under an existing United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) All Environment Capable Variant (AECV) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.
This order follows two recently announced orders procured under the same contract. On August 31, 2010, AV announced an order valued at $35,265,662 for digital Puma systems, spares and training services. On September 8, 2010, AV announced an additional order valued at $4,398,000 for Puma payloads and retrofits. Work is scheduled to be performed within a period of several months.
USSOCOM selected the Puma UAS in 2008 for its AECV program after a full and open competition, the fourth U.S. Department of Defense competition for programs of record involving small UAS and the fourth such competition won by AV. Each Puma system consists of three air vehicles and two ground control systems. The air vehicle carries an integrated electro-optical and infrared gimbaled video camera, is designed for enhanced survivability in land and maritime environments, and can operate effectively in foul weather and over rugged terrain. Its quiet operation, stabilized imagery and precision landing capability make Puma systems easy to operate and recover. The Puma air vehicle weighs 13 pounds, is battery powered and has a flight endurance of two hours.