AeroVironment to provide Portuguese Army with Raven UAS



AeroVironment has announced that on Aug. 20, the company received a fixed-price contract award valued at $5.9 million from NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), which includes the procurement of the company’s Raven UAS equipped with Mantis i23 sensors and pocket Remote Video Terminals (p/RVT) for the Portuguese Army.

Delivery of the Raven UAS is scheduled over a three-year period.

“AeroVironment’s Raven unmanned aircraft system, equipped with our Mantis i23 gimbaled sensor suite and pocket Remote Video Terminal, packs significant capabilities into a portable, man-packable platform for operations in austere environments around the globe,” says Kirk Flittie, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems business.

“Our small UAS deliver valuable situational awareness directly to frontline warfighters at a fraction of the procurement and lifecycle cost of larger UAS. The Raven system will provide the Portuguese Army with rapid and effective force protection as well as interoperability capabilities with NATO forces, supporting coalition mission integration.”

According to AeroVironment, with the Portuguese Army’s adoption of the Raven system, 18 of the 29 NATO member nations have now adopted AeroVironment’s family of small UAS.