AeroVironment Provides FTUAS and Business Update
Company Remains Well Positioned for Growth Despite FTUAS Loss
ARLINGTON, Va., May 25, 2023 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that the company’s JUMP 20 Medium UAS was not selected by the U.S. Army to proceed further within the Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) Program Increment 2, the next development phase of the FTUAS program. Despite this news, the company had a strong close to its fiscal year 2023, ended April 30, 2023, achieving all key financial metrics. This outcome does not have a material impact on the company’s near-term outlook and AeroVironment remains poised for at least 15% top-line and robust bottom-line growth in fiscal 2024.
“While we are extremely disappointed with the US Army’s decision, we respect it. We are now fully assessing the US Army’s evaluation process to determine our next steps,” said Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We remain convinced that our JUMP 20 system is the best-in-class Group 3 UAS on the market and we will continue investing in the platform to ensure it remains the top performing solution for our customers.”
AeroVironment maintains a positive outlook for the group 2/3 UAS market going forward. International opportunities and engagements for JUMP 20 systems continue to grow, and the company remains well-positioned to pursue additional domestic programs. “Our JUMP 20 has an unmatched ability to carry multiple armed payloads, including our Switchblade loitering munitions,” continued Nawabi. “We also recently incorporated autonomy functionality and other upgrades to improve operations in highly contested environments.”
Given AeroVironment’s broad portfolio of innovative unmanned solutions – and numerous contracts in the pipeline – the company expects to continue generating strong returns for shareholders.
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