AeroVironment Receives USD 5.25m contract for US border patrol

Award builds on the U.S. Border Patrol´s ongoing use of Puma AE small unmanned aircraft systems for border and homeland security
U.S. Border Patrol agents rapidly deploy Puma AE anywhere, anytime, in any environment for continuous or on-demand spot surveillance

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) has announced it has received a USD 5,254,912 firm fixed-price contract award for Puma 3 AE systems and support equipment for the US Border Patrol, part of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the company said.

Delivery is anticipated by January 2020.

AeroVironment´s Puma 3 AE small unmanned aircraft system is designed for the real-world environment Border Patrol agents operate in. Easy to transport, deploy and operate, the Puma system can be launched from anywhere, at any time, and requires no additional infrastructure, such as runways or launch devices. The Puma 3 AE systems will also support humanitarian missions, assisting in the location of individuals in need of aid along difficult-to-reach border areas and responding to natural disasters.

The RQ-20A/B Puma, Puma LE, RQ-11B Raven®, RQ-12A Wasp, together with VAPOR Helicopter UAS comprise AeroVironment´s family of tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems. This Family of Systems provides increased capability to the warfighter that gives ground commanders the option of selecting the appropriate aircraft based on the type of mission to be performed.

Based in California, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems and tactical missile systems, and serves defense, government, and commercial customers.