KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11, 2020, Bernama. AeroVironment Inc, a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has received a US$8,584,734 firm-fixed-price United States (US) Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales contract (US$1 = RM4.13), Bernama reported.
Announced at the Singapore Airshow, the contract was awarded on Dec 17, 2019 to provide Puma 3 All Environment (AE) UAS, training and support to an allied nation. Delivery is anticipated by June.
According to AeroVironment vice-president (sales and business development), Rick Pedigo, customers in the US and worldwide deploy AeroVironment’s rugged family of tactical UAS including Puma, to provide forces the actionable intelligence needed to proceed with certainty in a broad range of operating environments.
The AeroVironment Puma 3 AE is a fully man-portable UAS designed for land and maritime operations. The hand-launched Puma 3 AE has a wingspan of 9.2 feet (2.8 metres) and weighs 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms), according to a statement.
Capable of landing in water or on land, the all-environment Puma, with its Mantis i45 sensor suite empowers the operator with extended flight time and a level of imaging capability never before available in the small UAS class.