AeroVironment selected for small UAS sustainment under five-year IDIQ contract

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AeroVironment Inc. has announced that on April 10, the United States Army selected it, along with six other suppliers, for small UAS sustainment under a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.

Over the duration of the contract, the seven awardees will compete for LRRS and MRM UAS, Tactical Open Architecture Controller system and spare and repair parts procurement task orders.

The maximum value of the contract is $248 million over five years.

“The Army and AeroVironment remain committed to supporting the soldier closest to the fight with UAS solutions proven secure, effective and dependable around the world,” says Kirk Flittie, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s UAS business segment.

“The IDIQ contract assures that American soldiers can continue to rely on AeroVironment’s combat-proven solutions to deliver the actionable intelligence they need to proceed with certainty.”

Back in 2005, AeroVironment won the first competitive award for the Army’s small UAS program of record on a sole-source basis. In 2012, AeroVironment won the renewal of that contract with four other suppliers.

AeroVironment’s RQ-11B Raven and RQ-20A and B Puma UAS make up the majority of the Army’s existing fleet of Small UAS.

The most widely deployed defense UAS in the world today, Raven is a lightweight UAS designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military applications that require low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence.

​Meanwhile, Puma is a small UAS designed for land-based and maritime operations. The all-environment Puma—which can land in water or on the ground—with its Mantis i45 sensor suite not only provides operators with an extended flight time, but also with a level of imaging capability never before available in the small UAS class, according to AeroVironment.