AeroVironment Contract Win


On August 18, 2022, the United States Army awarded an Other Transaction Agreement to AeroVironment, Inc, a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, for Increment 1 of the Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) program. The agreement contains the purchase, testing and delivery of one AeroVironment JUMP 20 medium unmanned aircraft system to a selected Army Brigade Combat Team (BCT) for the operational need of immediate replacement of a RQ-7 Shadow. This $8 million contract is the result of a yearlong competition with other competitors and has the potential to expand into an additional seven Increment 1 systems, upon Army leadership decision.

With the capabilities of a vertical takeoff and landing, the JUMP 20 will be used to provide advanced multi-sensor intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services to the U.S. Army. This multi-mission operations aircraft system has more than 14 hours of endurance and an operational range of 185 km. The flexibility of payload options on JUMP 20 allows the utilization of industry leading imaging sensors such as Trillium HD80. As a superior long-range imaging system, Trillium HD80, or other sensor options, can offer onboard tracking, image stabilization and video processing. The system can be set up and operational within 60 minutes, without lunch or recovery equipment.

The gimbal selected to be used with the JUMP 20 was the Trillium HD80, a high-performance, 8-inch class stabilized EO/IR camera system. The Trillium HD80 delivers actionable intelligence day or night, with the long range visible and thermal camera options. It has direct drive motors for the best class stability and top tier robustness, along with onboard GPS/INS for accurate real-time vehicle and target location. As Trillium’s largest gimbal, the HD80 will provide the U.S Army formidable imagery for tactical and strategical use.

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