Simi Valley, California-based AeroVironment reported that the U.S. Army elected to exercise the first of three contract options with the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) company. The $21.05 million t option under the sole-source, small UAS flight control systems, multi-year contract has AeroVironment providing avionics and data link upgrade packages to modify radio frequencies used by the Army’s existing fleet of the company's Raven tactical UAS. The company will deliver the upgrades over a two-year period.
The United States Navy has tested and deployed the RQ-20B Puma small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) aboard a Flight I Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG Class), according to an AeroVironment Inc. announcement. Some of these exercises included the use of the company’s fully autonomous system to recover the aircraft aboard a ship.