AeroVironment selected to bid in $248 million small UAS sustainment contract

MONROVIA, Calif. U.S. Army officials selected AeroVironment, Inc. and six other suppliers for small small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) sustainment under a five-year indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.

The seven awardees will compete for Long Range Reconnaissance Surveillance (LRRS) and Medium Range Mobile (MRM) UAS, Tactical Open Architecture Controller system, and spare and repair parts procurement task orders over the duration of the contract. The maximum value of the contract is $248 million over five years.

“The Army and AeroVironment remain committed to supporting the soldier closest to the fight with UAS solutions proven secure, effective and dependable around the world,” says Kirk Flittie, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s UAS business segment. “The IDIQ contract assures that American soldiers can continue to rely on AeroVironment’s combat-proven solutions to deliver the actionable intelligence they need to proceed with certainty.”

AeroVironment will compete to service the Puma and Raven UASs. The company won the first competitive award for the Army’s small UAS program of record on a sole-source basis in 2005, and won the renewal of that contract with four other suppliers in 2012. AeroVironment is the designer and manufacturer of the RQ-11B Raven and RQ-20A and B Puma UAS, which constitute the vast majority of the Army’s existing fleet of Small UAS.