Army Exercises Option on AeroVironment Loitering Munition Contract

Army Exercises Option on AeroVironment Loitering Munition Contract
Switchblade 300

AeroVironment will supply additional tactical missile systems to the U.S. Army and a foreign military sales customer under a two-year, $45 million contract.

The exercised option is for the Switchblade 300 deployable loitering munitions, designed to engage targets beyond the line of sight, and the award is part of the potential $146 million Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems contract announced in May 2020, AeroVironment said Tuesday.

Switchblade 300 vehicles can be launched from ground platforms, fit in a rucksack and fly at a cruise speed of up to 63 miles per hour to reach its target up to 6 miles away from a launch site.

The system is designed to generate data on GPS coordinates and process videos, AeroVironment noted.

Army Contracting Command and the Department of Defense's foreign military sales program office jointly administer the contract.

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