12.5.2020

Puma LE enhancement contract for US ally

AeroVironment Awarded $2.6 M Contract from US Ally to Enhance Existing Puma Fleet with Puma LE Capabilities, Plus Existing Fleet Support – link
Source: ASD News

Article Headlines

  • AeroVironment announced that a U.S. ally and longtime customer awarded the company a firm-fixed-price contract valued at $2,685,057 on February 20, 2020 for AeroVironment’s recently introduced Puma LE
  • The order also included spares to support the customer’s existing fleet of AeroVironment tactical UAS
  • The contract award period of performance is one year
  • The AeroVironment Puma LE weighs only 22.5 pounds (10.4 kilograms), is launchable by hand or bungee and provides a dedicated secondary payload bay in addition to its Mantis i45 gimbaled EO/IR sensor
  • On-board batteries provide 5.5 hours of flight endurance with an operational range of 37.2 miles (60 kilometers) when used with AeroVironment’s Long-Range Tracking Antenna (LRTA)

Overview & Comments

  • Various components are interoperable with other Puma variants thus the LE can fit within existing Puma systems delivering Group 2 capabilities in a Group 1 footprint
  • Various Puma operators include – Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, Iraq, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, France, Netherlands and the UK
  • See “AeroVironment sold Raven Systems to a U.S. ally”
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