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AV Wins Order for Puma UAVs, Training Services

WASHINGTON, at AUSA --- AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) announced today that it has received a contract delivery order valued at $7,231,440 for new digital Puma All Environment (AE) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and training services. The items were procured under an existing United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) All Environment Capable Variant (AECV) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.

This order follows two recently announced orders procured under the same contract. On August 31, 2010, AV announced an order valued at $35,265,662 for digital Puma systems, spares and training services. On September 8, 2010, AV announced an additional order valued at $4,398,000 for Puma payloads and retrofits. Work is scheduled to be performed within a period of several months.

USSOCOM selected the Puma UAS in 2008 for its AECV program after a full and open competition, the fourth U.S. Department of Defense competition for programs of record involving small UAS and the fourth such competition won by AV. Each Puma system consists of three air vehicles and two ground control systems.

The air vehicle carries an integrated electro-optical and infrared gimbaled video camera, is designed for enhanced survivability in land and maritime environments, and can operate effectively in foul weather and over rugged terrain. Its quiet operation, stabilized imagery and precision landing capability make Puma systems easy to operate and recover. The Puma air vehicle weighs 13 pounds, is battery powered and has a flight endurance of two hours.

Raven, Wasp and Puma comprise AV’s Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Operating with a common ground control system (GCS), this Family of Systems provides an increased capability to the warfighter that will give ground commanders the option of selecting the appropriate aircraft based on the type of mission that is going to be performed. This increased capability has the potential to significantly improve force protection and force multiplication for small military units.

AV’s UAS logistics operation supports systems deployed worldwide to ensure a consistently high level of operational readiness. AV has delivered more than 15,000 new and replacement small unmanned air vehicles to date. International purchasers of AV’s small UAS include the armed forces of Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Norway, the Czech Republic, Thailand and Australia.

AV is a technology company that designs, develops, produces and supports an advanced portfolio of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and efficient electric energy systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s battery-powered, hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition.

AeroVironment Receives $7.2 Million Order for Digital Puma Systems and Training Services