AeroVironment has been awarded a $3.2m (£2.5m) firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Department of Defense.
The contract means the Californian-based company will provide RQ-20B Puma AE II small unmanned aircraft systems, training and support to an allied nation in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Kirk Flittie, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s UAS business, said: “The vast, diverse landscape of the INDOPACOM area of operation demands small unmanned aircraft systems that can support ground, riverine and maritime operations effectively.”
He added: “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.”
AeroVironment’s family of small drones supply the majority of all unmanned aircraft in the U.S. DoD inventory.
This contract is expected to be delivered by March 30 2019.