US-based unmanned aircraft system (UAS) engineering and manufacturing company Altavian has received a $12.2m firm-fixed-price contract to manufacture and produce the TOGA hand controller for the US Army.

The supply order belongs to the TOGA domain and is part of a previous contract awarded to the company and other vendors in 2018. The army’s small UAS indefinite-quantity, indefinite-delivery sustainment contract had a total ceiling across all domains of $250m.

Altavia provides products in five of the six potential areas.

TOGA is a next-generation handheld controller that can be paired and flown with any UAS in the small unmanned aerial systems (FoSUAS) family of the army and the unmanned ground vehicles.

It can be used to coordinate situational awareness, surveillance, and flight operations.

TOGA provides universal unmanned aerial vehicle control for all multi-domain unmanned systems on the battlefield, while also offering a unified controller for the world’s largest drone fleet.

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Altavian CEO Thomas Rambo said: “The TOGA controller represents a major step forward for the army’s next generation of unmanned vehicles.

“Altavian is particularly interested in the TOGA as it aligns with our goals of Open Systems and Common standards. We’re proud to be manufacturing a piece that represents not just a single program, but all of army robotics.”

In April last year, Altavian received a contract from the US Army to develop a military drone prototype.

The Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) Prototype contract is part of the army’s plans to deploy a next-generation drone weighing less than 5lb.