AeroVironment to deliver Puma 3 AE to unnamed European nation

AeroVironment will deliver an unspecified number of Puma 3 All Environment (AE) tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to an undisclosed European customer through the US’ Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.

The US-based UAS manufacturer confirmed on March 11 that it had secured a US$5.92m contract award on December 22, 2020, to deliver an unspecified number of platforms, as well as training and support services, to a US ally in Europe. It adds that the delivery under this contract is scheduled to take place by April 2021.

Puma 3 AE [US Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst]
Kevin Vollbrecht - an engineering development technician with AeroVironment - launches a Puma 3 AE tactical UAS from the flight deck of US Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Polar Star (WAGB-10) during Operation Deep Freeze in the Southern Ocean on January 3, 2016. US Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst

Rick Pedigo, vice president of Business Development and Sales at AeroVironment, said: “Puma 3 AE offers allied forces an unparalleled perspective of tactical environments, increasing situational awareness and minimising exposure to possible threats on land or at sea. With the help of AeroVironment’s tactical unmanned aircraft systems, like Puma 3 AE, customers are able to increase the mission effectiveness and safety of their frontline forces, even in the most extreme environments.”

AeroVironment’s Puma 3 AE tactical UAS has been designed for operational use in the land and maritime domains. The hand-launched system boasts a wingspan of 9ft 2in, weighs 15lb and has an operational endurance of two-and-a-half hours. With a standard antenna equipped, AeroVironment states that the platform has a range of 20km, but with the company’s Long-Range Tracking Antenna (LRTA), it’s range can be increased to 60km.