AeroVironment has announced the US Airforce awarded the company a $13m (£9.95m) unmanned aircraft systems contract.
The deal is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for RQ-11B Raven UAS to support Latin American and Caribbean nations.
The US Government fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds of $2.8m were committed at the time of the award.
The Raven hand-launched small UAS, will be deployed in the US Southern Command Area of Responsibility, which includes Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Kirk Flittie, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems business, said: “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.”
He added: “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 U.S. and allied troops unmatched advantages to advance safely through dangerous terrain.”
The work is expected to be completed by September 28, 2023.