Subscribe Free
in General Aviation

AeroVironment awarded $44.5 million Puma AE UAS contract from Middle East country

Posted 8 March 2018 · Add Comment

AeroVironment has announced that a major country in the Middle East has awarded the company a contract valued at $44.5 million (USD) for PumaTM II AE small UAS featuring the new Mantis i45 sensor.

“This contract for the ground forces of a Middle East regional power, and our largest international order to date, reflects AeroVironment’s continually growing international customer base and our ongoing commitment to equipping more allied forces with the innovative UAS solutions needed to ensure successful missions in a wide range of operations,” said Kirk Flittie, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment.

Puma AE UAS equipped with the Mantis i45 sensor suite enables operators to see better and farther than ever before, providing more actionable intelligence so users can proceed with certainty. Capable of ground and water landings, the rugged, portable and fully waterproof Puma AE gives operators unmatched operational flexibility in the small UAS class.

The onboard Mantis i45 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) gimbal sensor suite is a powerful, versatile and high-value tool that delivers dramatically improved imaging capabilities to give military users world-class ISR capabilities comparable to platforms many times the size and cost of Puma AE. In operations, the Mantis i45 reduces the likelihood of detection by increasing the distance between the Puma AE and areas of interest while still providing the clarity and image quality of a close-range asset. Its high- resolution imagery also aids in target analysis, positive identification and enables operators to identify threats to friendly forces more effectively. By minimizing Puma’s exposure to detection by the enemy, the Mantis i45 greatly improves its ability to complete reconnaissance missions safely and effectively.

Puma AE’s enhanced precision navigation system with secondary GPS provides optimal positional accuracy and reliability. Moreover, AeroVironment’s common ground control system (GCS) allows the operator to control the aircraft manually or program it for GPS-based autonomous navigation.

“AeroVironment’s small UAS are transforming the way U.S. and allied ground forces around the world plan, train, equip and operate – giving them the tools needed to proceed with certainty in the most challenging circumstances,” said Flittie.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Boeing 737 MAX 8 grounding could impact on international e-commerce and parcels

The grounding of the world’s entire Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet could mean delays to overseas freight, warns the international delivery expert ParcelHero.

Saudi Arabia to make large presence at Dubai Airshow

Saudi Arabia will participate in the Dubai Airshow in November this year.

Dubai comprises 30 percent of free zones in the Middle East

Free zones are now present in more than 80 percent of states in the world, including emerging countries, and comprise nearly 30 percent of global trade.

Abu Dhabi Airports extends City Check-In facilities to Indigo

Abu Dhabi Airports is extending City Check-In facilities to Indigo, India’s largest airline.

T129 ATAK to fly over Brazil

Turkish Aerospace has announced the launch of its “T129 ATAK Brazil Roadshow” before LAAD, which will be held April 2-5, of 2019 in Rio de Janeiro.

AnadoluJet expands its international flight network with Erbil

The sub brand of Turkish Airlines, AnadoluJet, is adding Erbil, Iraq, to its network after its previous flights to TRNC -Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

ASU SK0603060619
See us at
ACCA19_BT2141218280219Connect MEIA BT1402010519