United States Army awards USD 75m contract to AeroVironment for loitering missile system

AeroVironment, Inc. announced it has been awarded a USD 75,930,901 funded one-year, contract from the United States Army for procurement of the company´s Switchblade loitering missile system, the company said.

The contract award was funded for the first year of procurement through a Joint Urgent Operational Need Statement from the United States Army Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions (TAGM) project office. Start of deliveries is anticipated by September 2020.

Two additional one-year options, currently unfunded, would extend the period of performance through April 2023 on a sole-source basis.

AeroVironment´s Switchblade is a back-packable, rapidly deployable loitering precision strike missile designed for use against beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) targets, from either mobile positions in the field or from fixed defensive positions for base security.

Northrop Grumman is a key partner on the Switchblade system, providing single purpose and multimode warheads for the program.

Switchblade and Blackwing form the basis of AeroVironment´s emerging family of Tactical Missile Systems.

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


Pentagon Contract Announcement
(Source: US Department of Defense; issued May 14, 2020)
Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $904,800,000 modification (P00011) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-19-C-0013.

This modification provides for the production and delivery of three MH-60R Seahawk maritime aircraft for the Navy and 21 MH-60Rs for the government of India.

Work will be performed at Owego, New York (52%); Stratford, Connecticut (40%); and Troy, Alabama (8%), and is expected to be complete by September 2024.

Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $113,100,000 and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $791,700,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.