June 17, 2022
ARLINGTON, Va. Unmanned-systems company AeroVironment announced that it won a $6.2 million firm-fixed-price contract award from the US Marine Corps (USMC) to supply its Puma 3 AE small unmanned aerial system (SUAS) plus spares.
The Puma 3 AE — intended for use in low-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions– has a wingspan of 9.2 feet (2.8 m), weighs 15 pounds (6.8 kg) and can operate up to 37.2 miles (60 km) using the company’s tracking antenna. The UAS can be launched by hand, bungee, rail, or vehicle, and is recoverable by deep-stall landing,
Delivery to the USMC is expected to be completed in July 2022.