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December 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM EST

AeroVironment Receives $4.3 Million Award and $7.1 Million Option for Switchblade Tactical Missile System Support Services

  • Award increased funded contract value to $63.8 million
  • Switchblade systems continue to protect American forces

MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) today announced the receipt of a $4.3 million cost plus fixed fee award and $7.1 million option on September 25, 2014 for Switchblade® tactical missile system support services from the United States Army Close Combat Weapons Systems office. The award increased the funded value of an existing contract for Switchblade tactical missile systems to $63.8 million. In addition, options totaling $38.3M increased the total contract ceiling to $102.1 million.

United States Army awards support services contract and option to AeroVironment for Switchblade Tact ...

United States Army awards support services contract and option to AeroVironment for Switchblade Tactical Missile System (Photo: Business Wire)

The award and option provided for the continuation of services to support American forces through training, refurbishments and project management support.

"Switchblade is a game changing capability that continues to protect American troops and give them major advantages on the battlefield," said Roy Minson, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. "Switchblade enables our forces to work within the rules of engagement to neutralize lethal threats through its unique portability, precision, rapid deployment and collateral damage avoidance capabilities."

"Wherever our troops operate, they deserve to be equipped with the most effective, practical tools that protect and empower them. Switchblade has proven itself up to the task," he added.

ATK is a key contributor supporting AeroVironment on the Switchblade program. ATK is an aerospace, defense and outdoor sports and recreation company with operations in 21 states, Puerto Rico and internationally.

About AeroVironment

AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops, produces, supports and operates an advanced portfolio of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and electric transportation solutions. The company's electric-powered, hand-launched unmanned aircraft systems generate and process data to deliver powerful insight, on-demand, to people engaged in military, public safety and commercial activities around the world. Global Observer® is a hybrid-electric, stratospheric UAS designed to provide affordable, persistent reconnaissance and communication over any location on the globe. The Switchblade tactical missile system enables the infantry squad and other customers with increased lethality, reach and force protection through its rapid deployment, direct fire and collateral damage avoidance capabilities. AeroVironment's electric transportation solutions include a comprehensive suite of electric vehicle (EV) charging systems, installation and network services for consumers, automakers, utilities and government agencies, power cycling and test systems for EV developers and industrial electric vehicle charging systems for commercial fleets. More information about AeroVironment is available at www.avinc.com.

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