NATO Support and Procurement Agency Orders Puma 3 AE Tactical UAS
AeroVironment has won a contract worth approximately $11.5 million from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) for Puma 3 AE tactical UAS and initial spares packages.
The orders are part of a three-year base contract received from NSPA in January 2020. The contract includes an option for two additional years of logistics support for Raven, Wasp and Puma tactical UAS. The total potential value of the multi-year contract is $80 million.
AeroVironment received the orders in October and December 2020, with delivery anticipated by June 2021.
The Puma 3 AE unmanned aircraft system is designed for land and maritime operations. The hand-launched Puma 3 AE has a wingspan of 9.2 feet, weighs 15 pounds and can operate for up to 2.5 hours. The aircraft also has a range of 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) with a standard antenna, and up to 37.2 miles (60 kilometers) with AeroVironment’s Long-Range Tracking Antenna (LRTA). It also features reduced system packaging with a flyable configuration and GCS in one case. Capable of landing in water or on land, the all-environment Puma 3 AE and Mantis i45 EO/IR sensor suite empower operators with extended flight time and improved imaging capability.