American technology company, Aerovironment Inc. was awarded a contract, worth around $9 million, for providing RQ-20B Puma AE II unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and support to Estonia.
According to the contract details released by U.S. Department of Defense, the work will be performed in Monrovia, California, with an estimated completion date of March 24, 2019.
The firm-fixed-price contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Maryland, US. The Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Army) funds for the full amount were obligated at the time of the award.
AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma is a small, battery powered, American hand-launched unmanned aircraft system produced by AeroVironment based in Monrovia, California. AeroVironment is primarily involved in energy systems, electric vehicle systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Puma UAS is designed for missions such as tactical intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISRT), maritime patrol, search-and-rescue, and counter-illicit trafficking.
The Puma All Environment (AE) can operate under extreme weather conditions including temperatures ranging from −20 to 120 °F (−29 to 49 °C), wind speeds up to 25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h), and an inch of rain per hour. The UAV is designed for land based and maritime operations and is capable of landing in the water or on land.
Equipped with both an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) camera and illuminator, Puma AE keeps the operator’s “eyes on target”. Its precision navigation system with secondary GPS insures positional accuracy up to its 15 km range. An optional under wing transit bay easily integrates third party payloads such as communication relay, geo-location, or laser marker to meet the diverse needs of military or civilian applications.
Puma AE can deliver 3.5+ hours of flight endurance while versatile smart battery options support diverse mission requirements.
RQ-20B (Block 2 Puma AE) includes a more powerful and lighter propulsion system, lighter and stronger airframe, long endurance battery, precision inertial navigation system an improved user interface, and the new, all environment Mantis i45 gimbal sensor suite.