Australian Defence Force Selects Wasp AE for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program
MONROVIA, Calif. — AeroVironment Inc., a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for military and commercial applications, announced June 1 the selection of the company’s Wasp AE small unmanned aircraft system by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
The ADF indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract calls for the delivery of Wasp AE systems over a three-year period, as well as training and logistics support for up to 10 years, for a total AeroVironment contract value of up to $36.5 million.
“Wasp AE provides all environment situational awareness in a highly portable package,” said Kirk Flittie, AeroVironment vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. “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 and its partners provide the WASP AE, a proven capability in service with militaries around the world, that will then be modified with Australian content to meet both ADF and Australian 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.
The Wasp AE weighs 2.8 pounds, operates for up to 50 minutes at a range of up to five kilometers and delivers live, streaming color and infrared video from its pan-tilt-zoom Mantis i22 AE gimbaled payload. Launched by hand and capable of landing on the ground or in fresh or salt water, the Wasp AE provides portability and flexibility for infantry, littoral or maritime reconnaissance operations.