AeroVironment has been awarded a $13 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by the US Air Force to support Latin American and Caribbean nations with the RQ-11B RAVEN small UAS (SUAS). Work under this contract is expected to be completed by September 2023.
The hand-launched RAVEN – the most prolific military drone in the world – will be deployed within the US Southern Command Area of Responsibility, which includes Central and South America and the Caribbean. Together with the RQ-12 WASP and RQ-20A/B PUMA, RAVEN belongs to AeroVironment’s family of SUAS. Operating with a common ground control system, this family of systems provides increased capability to operational forces and can give ground commanders the option of selecting the appropriate aircraft based on the type of mission to be performed. This increased capability has the potential to provide significant force protection and force multiplication benefits to small tactical units and security personnel. AeroVironment provides logistics services worldwide to ensure a consistently high level of operational readiness and provides mission services for customers requiring only the information its small UAS produce. AeroVironment has delivered thousands of new and replacement small unmanned air vehicles to customers within the United States and to more than 45 allied governments.
“RAVEN revolutionised the battlefield with instant eyes in the sky and force protection for small tactical units 15 years ago and its enhanced capabilities continue to protect US and allied armed forces throughout the world,” commented AeroVironment’s VICE President and General Manager Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Kirk Flittie. “From the snow-capped peaks of Afghanistan to the dense jungles and rugged mountains of Latin America, RAVEN and AeroVironment’s family of small surveillance drones, including PUMA AE and WASP AE, are giving US and allied troops unmatched advantages to advance safely through dangerous terrain.”