AeroVironment has secured a $146m contract from the US Army for the supply of Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems (LMAMS).

Under the contract funded at $76m for the first year of Switchblade systems procurement awarded by the US Army Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions project office, AeroVironment will start delivering the missiles beginning in September this year.

The first year of funding is approved through Joint Urgent Operational Need Statement and reflects high-priority requirement, strong user demand from the frontline.

The contract includes two additional one-year options, extending the period of performance of the contract through April 2023 on a sole-source basis. However, the additional years currently remain unfunded.

AeroVironment Tactical Missile Systems senior product line general manager Brett Hush said: “For nearly a decade, AeroVironment’s Switchblade has delivered unmatched force protection and precision strike capabilities at the battlefield edge to the US Army.

“We will continue to enhance the capabilities of this battle-proven product, and stand ready with a proven supply chain and customer support system in order to respond effectively to US and allied customers’ needs.”

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The combat-proven Switchblade is back-packable and can be rapidly deployed from ground platforms, including a six-pack launcher.

It has been designed for use against beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) targets, from either mobile positions in the field or from fixed defensive positions for base security.

It provides warfighters with rapid-response force protection and precision strike capabilities, extending up to 10km from its launch location.

Its high precision, specialised effects and patented wave-off feature increase the device’s ability to minimise collateral damage.

Northrop Grumman is serving as a key partner on the Switchblade system, providing single purpose and multimode warheads for the programme.