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AeroVironment lands US Army contract for Switchblade 300

The US Army Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions Project Office (TAGM) awarded a contract to AeroVironment to deliver Switch 300 tactical missile systems (TRS).

The fixed-price, forward-looking contract, valued at $20.6 million, will be performed by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal.

The missile systems are planned to be delivered by July next year.

The packable Switchblade 300 allows operators to track threats and deliver a lethal payload while reducing collateral damage.

The system, developed by AeroVironment, is rapidly deployed from ground platforms, giving troops the ability to react quickly and deliver precision strikes more than six miles from the launch site.

AeroVironment vice president and general manager of the TMS product line, Brett Hush, said: “Used by the US Army for more than a decade, the Switchblade 300 remains a critical force protection and soldier lethality solution for our customers, including Ukraine.

“It bridges the gap between observation and action, giving Soldiers the ability to identify threats and engage enemy targets beyond line of sight from greater distances, with minimal collateral damage.”

Equipped with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, the Switchblade 300 can be used to engage targets beyond line of sight and light armored vehicles by land, sea and air.

The pipe launch system can be operated autonomously by one operator. The system also has the ability to reject or re-lock the target launch.

Earlier this year, AeroVironment won the US Department of Defense contract for the purchase of foreign military products to supply Puma 3 small unmanned aerial systems to a US ally.

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