First SwitchBlade Order for USMC
At SOFIC this week, AeroVironment announced the receipt of contract awards in April 2018 from the US Army for procurement of the company’s SwitchBlade Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) and Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) that bring the total value of SwitchBlade awards to $111,054,202 since August 2017. The contract awards were funded through Urgent Need Statements and include the first SwitchBlade order from the US Marine Corps. The US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal will manage the contracts, for which $78,095,737 has been funded.
The total value of SwitchBlade hardware awards is $67,763,386. Hardware deliveries under initial awards began in December 2017 and are expected to continue through September 2018. The total value of SwitchBlade CLS awards is $43,290,816, covering three years of services. Orbital ATK provides single purpose and multimode warheads for the SwitchBlade programme.
“SwitchBlade is a highly effective and mature smart weapon system that delivers unmatched force protection and precision strike capabilities to American forces with minimal to no collateral effects,” said Kirk Flittie, AeroVironment Vice President and General Manager of its UAS business segment. “Man-portable and lightweight, SwitchBlade is a uniquely powerful LMAMS solution for today’s complex combat environments. AeroVironment stands ready, with a battle-proven product, supply chain and production system, to respond rapidly to this and future requirements to ensure US and allied forces can proceed with certainty.”