facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Marines getting Wasp AE UAVs

Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM   |   Comments

MONROVIA, Calif., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps is receiving AeroVironment's Wasp AE small unmanned aerial system, together with its miniature gimbaled payloads.

The order for the UAS was given late last year by the U.S. Navy Air Systems Command's Program Office for Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

The award, worth $12 million to AeroVironment, was first given to PAR Government Systems Corp., which then tapped AeroVironment for the systems and services, including training and logistics.

"We introduced the Wasp AE in May of 2012 with the expectation that multiple customers would find its capabilities very compelling," said Roy Minson, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment.

"These contracts supporting the United States Marine Corps expand the adoption of Wasp AE beyond the Air Force and support our view that this highly capable successor to the proven Wasp III system will help our customers operate more safely and effectively."

AeroVironment didn't disclose the number of systems it was providing but said deliveries would be completed by the end of January.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
New Navy sub ready for outfitting, testing New Navy sub ready for outfitting, testing
2
New F-35 sustainment system undergoing flight testing New F-35 sustainment system undergoing flight testing
3
Scrap South Stream, Europe says Scrap South Stream, Europe says
4
Apple to authorities: No iPhone user data, even with a warrant Apple to authorities: No iPhone user data, even with a warrant
5
Boeing, Defense Logistics Agency sign long-term support agreement Boeing, Defense Logistics Agency sign long-term support agreement
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback