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Marine Corps Orders AeroVironment-Built Small UAVs

naval-drone-stock-photoAeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) has been awarded a $21, 779, 408 firm-fixed-price contract to provide small unmanned aerial systems and spare parts to the U.S. Marine Corps.

USMC ordered an unspecified number of the company’s RQ-12 Wasp AE drone and the company expects to complete deliveries within one year, AeroVironment said Wednesday.

The 2.8-pound UAS is designed with a Mantis i22 miniature gimbaled camera system and built to fly at a maximum range of 3 miles for up to 50 minutes.

AeroVironment developed the WASP AE to be hand-launched, land on the ground or in the water and support military reconnaissance operations.

The company received the order from USMC partner ADS under the Defense Logistics Agency‘s tailored logistics support program.

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