Aerovironment delivers WASP UAS to Navy, Marine Corps

AeroVironment has won a $12 million contract to furnish its Wasp AE small unmanned aircraft systems, parts and services for use by Navy and Marine Corps forces, the company said Jan. 23.

The Naval Air Systems Command's Program Office for Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, known within the service as PMA-263, and the Army's Counter-IED Program Office worked together to award a contract to PAR Government Systems, which in turn awarded a contract to AeroVironment in September 2012, the company said. Delivery of the Wasp AE was scheduled to occur within a four-month period following the award.

Under the agreement, AeroVironment provided the Wasp AE SUAS's, initial spares packages and training services. The company also agreed to furnish one year of logistics support. 

The lightweight Wasp AE air vehicle is designed for ground and water landing, making it suitable for both land and maritime missions. The Wasp AE features the company's Mantis i22 AE gimbaled payload, which delivers both color and infrared video imagery from a single sensor package.


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