Army contracts for UAS logistics support

March 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

MONROVIA, Calif., March 13 (UPI) -- AeroVironment Inc., maker of the RQ-11B Raven unmanned aerial system, has received an $11 million contract from the U.S. Army for Raven logistics support.

The award is a cost-plus-fixed-fee arrangement, with services to be delivered through February 2013.

"AeroVironment's UAS logistics operation supports systems deployed worldwide to ensure a consistently high level of operational readiness," said Tom Herring, senior vice president and general manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

"The Raven system continues to be an important asset for U.S. and allied armed forces."

The Raven is a small UAS that can be carried in a backpack. It weighs 4.2 pounds. The hand-launched system and sensor package provides real-time video imagery to a portable ground control station.

It is used for base security, reconnaissance, mission planning and force protection.

AeroVironment said the award comprises U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Foreign Military Sales but gave no other details.

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