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German Navy Orders PUMA AE II

ESG wins Bundeswehr tender for the procurement, certification and comprehensive system support

ESG today announced that the company was contracted by the German Navy for procurement and certification at the overall aircraft level, as well as the comprehensive system support of  three AeroVironment PUMA AE II systems (at two aircraft each).

The PUMA AE II unmanned aircraft system (UAS), which is in use all around Europe, closes the German Navy’s capability gap in the field of airborne reconnaissance systems at their disposal for the tactical close-range maritime environment and complements the Grrman Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) UAS-portfolio with an internationally mission-proven UAS. The PUMA systems will include the MANTIS i45 sensor and pocket Remote Video Terminal (p/RVT). AeroVironment partnered with ESG to satisfy the requirement of the German procurement agency BAAINBw for an urgent operational requirement.

Through our partnership with AeroVironment, a leading provider of tactical UAS, we achieved to place precisely the system at the navy’s disposal, which they require to significantly expand their reconnaissance capabilities,” Christoph Weber, Head of ESG’s Business Division Defence and Public Security, said.

Our PUMA unmanned aircraft system, equipped with our MANTIS i45 sensor suite and pocket Remote Video Terminal, packs significant capabilities into a portable platform that can operate on naval vessels without the need for modifications to the host ship,” Kirk Flittie, Vice President and General Manager of AeroVironment’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment, continued. “AeroVironment’s small UAS have helped transform the way US and allied forces plan, train, equip and operate. Fielding PUMA to the German Navy provides rapid and effective force protection as well as interoperability with NATO forces, supporting coalition mission integration.”

German Navy adoption of the PUMA system marks another step in the growing need for and fielding of UAS for the international surface combatant and coastal craft market. With the Family of Systems (FOS) concept, customers can add other AeroVironment UAS that will augment capabilities and utilize the same ground control station and software for added simplicity and efficiency.

 AeroVironment developed the PUMA system to win a 2008 US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) competitive program of record and subsequently supplied the system to the US Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Coastal Riverine Forces, the US Army for convoy and ground troop support and the US Marine Corps. The US Navy procured PUMA AE systems for use aboard Patrol Craft and also deployed them on a US Navy Expeditionary Fast Transport (T-EPF) ship in support of counter organised crime operations in the Caribbean. The Puma system is also being deployed by multiple international partners.

 The US Department of Defense established the designation RQ-20B for the block 2 PUMA AE small UAS. The block 2 PUMA AE system includes a more powerful and lighter propulsion system, lighter and stronger airframe, long-endurance battery, precision inertial navigation system and an improved user interface. The all-environment MANTIS i45 gimbal sensor suite for PUMA AE delivers a dramatic leap in small UAS image resolution and ISR capability.



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