AeroVironment to provide Wasp AE systems to Australian Defence Force

MONROVIA, Calif. Australian Defence Force (ADF) officials selected AeroVironment, Inc. to deliver its Wasp AE system under a three-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract worth an estimated $36.5 million. The contract also includes training and logistic support for up to ten years.

Under contract, Australian partners XTEK, GD Mediaware, and Sentient will provide added capabilities for AE and local support for the ADF. XTEK and will provide local maintenance, training, and field support to serve the immediate needs of ADF.

The Wasp AE weighs 2.8 pounds, operates for up to 50 minutes at a range of up to five kilometers and delivers live, streaming color and infrared video from its pan-tilt-zoom Mantis i22 AE gimbaled .

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