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Monrovia Company and Other Firms Awarded $248 Million Army Contract

Monrovia drone developer Aerovironment and four other firms were awarded a $248 million contract to produce unmanned aircraft systems to the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Army awarded a $248 million contract to Aerovironment and four other firms to produce unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to the military indefinitely.

Under the contract, the Monrovia company will compete to provide the Army with drones like its Raven and Puma systems, according to a news release from the company.

"This new [contract] provides for continued procurement of small UAS, reflecting the high value of this capability," said Roy Minson, AeroVironment senior vice president, in a prepared statement. "We look forward to supporting the U.S. Army and other customers with market leading small UAS solutions that anticipate the ever- evolving needs of warfighters and address the budgetary constraints of governments."

Gayle M. Montgomery January 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM
In spite of all the caterwauling by some on the Patch to the contrary, I believe these devices save life and limb of our troops and, ultimately, due to the precise nature of their capabilities, I think this is a great idea and thank these companies for their efforts. Nobody, most especially me, wants a war, but if we must have one, let us be smart and technologically sophisticated about it so as to protect our men and women on the front lines.

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