The US Department of Defense awarded AeroVironment a $3,228,856 firm-fixed-price contract on 14 September 2018 to provide RQ-20B PUMA all environment (AE) II small unmanned aircraft systems, training and support to an allied nation in the US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) area of responsibility. Delivery is anticipated by 30 March 2019.
“The vast, diverse landscape of the INDOPACOM area of operation demands small unmanned aircraft systems that can support ground, riverine and maritime operations effectively,” said Kirk Flittie, Vice President and General Manager of AeroVironment’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems business. “The combat-proven PUMA has demonstrated its unique effectiveness in a wide range of operating environments, from mountains to deserts, from the Arctic to Antarctica, on land and on the open ocean, delivering actionable intelligence to help customers proceed with certainty. This contract is a good example of the additional procurement potential among our international customers."
The AeroVironment PUMA is designed for land-based and maritime operations. Capable of landing in water or on the ground, the all-environment PUMA, with its MANTIS i45 sensor suite, empowers the operator with extended flight time and a great level of imaging capability.