AeroVironment secures £37m Raven B drone contract for US Army security force assistance


AeroVironment has confirmed it received a firm fixed-price contract award valued at $45,190,881 (£37,230,145) for RQ-11B Raven small UAS and initial spares packages.

It came from the United States Army for its Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB) and is expected to be delivered by January 2020.

The SFAB are specialized units with the core mission to conduct training, advising, assisting, enabling and accompanying operations with allied and partner nations.

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Rick Pedigo, VP for sales and business development, said: “Raven is the most widely deployed small unmanned aircraft system in the United States Department of Defense’s fleet.”

Adding: “Our family of small unmanned aircraft systems supports all U.S. military services and more than 45 allied nations. Every day, AeroVironment small UAS provide the actionable intelligence our customers need to proceed with certainty.”

In a report published by the United States Army in July, Sgt. Jordan Aguiar, a cavalry scout assigned to Alpha Troop of the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, said the Raven is more agile and less detectable than larger and more costly unmanned aircraft.

It detailed how soldiers use it to conduct battlefield reconnaissance and provide their units with a greater level of security.

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