Military Embedded Systems

Switchblade 300 unmanned tactical missile to be exported to allies


April 21, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. AeroVironment, Inc., company specializing in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), announced the U.S. Army has exercised an option on its Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems (LMAMS) contract for additional Switchblade 300 tactical missile systems for the Army and for export to an allied nation.

According to the company, the $44,961,751 contract option increases the total value of the contract to $122,523,677. Delivery will take place over a two-year period.

AeroVironment received the contract option March 16, 2021 and it will be managed by the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal and the U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

AeroVironment’s Switchblade 300 is designed to be back-packable and rapidly deployable from ground platforms, including a multipack launcher, intended to provide warfighters with rapid-response force protection and precision strike capabilities up to six miles from its launch location. Its high precision, specialized effects, and patented “wave-off” feature results in Switchblade’s ability to minimize or eliminate collateral damage.

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