The US Defense Department has awarded AeroVironment a $20 million contract to deliver Puma drones to two undisclosed allied nations.
The supply of Puma 3 AE small unmanned aircraft systems is under two firm-fixed-price foreign military sales program contracts, enabling interoperability among US and allied forces for joint operations.
“Our allies are continuing to adopt and deploy Puma 3 AE and other AeroVironment systems as they recognize the importance of equipping their frontline forces with lifesaving, force overmatch solutions,” Vice President Trace Stevenson said.
The 4.6-foot (1.4-meter) Puma 3 AE is a lightweight aircraft that delivers mission critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in all environments.
AeroVironment recently unveiled a new virtual navigation system for the drone that enables operators to execute missions with unprecedented advantage in GPS-contested environments.