U$36.5 million for hardware and services over programmme lifespan
AeroVironment’s WASP AE small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract, which calls for the delivery of WASP AE systems over a three-year period, as well as training and logistics support for up to ten years, for a total AeroVironment contract value of up to U$36.5 million.
“WASP AE provides all environment situational awareness in a highly portable package,” Kirk Flittie, AeroVironment Vice President and General Manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment, said. “Along with our Australian partners XTEK, GD Mediaware and Sentient, we look forward to supporting and protecting ADF forces with the industry’s leading small UAS capabilities.”
AeroVironment is working closely with Australian partners XTEK, GD Mediaware, and Sentient Vision to provide WASP AE, a proven capability in service with militaries around the world, which will then be modified with Australian content to meet both ADF and Australia industry needs. XTEK and AeroVironment will provide local maintenance, training and field support to serve the immediate needs of ADF while expanding AeroVironment’s global support capabilities.