Drone engineering and manufacturing company Altavian has secured a $250m indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the US Army’s small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) programme.

Under the Program Executive Office Aviation’s products office for tactical unmanned aircraft (TUAS), the company will be responsible for supporting the US Army’s family of small unmanned aircraft systems (FoSUAS), including the RQ-11 and the RQ-20 autonomous aircraft.

In addition, it will support control and communications equipment, as well as other technologies that are to be fielded over the contracted period of performance.

“This will provide the army with enhanced capability, resiliency and cost-effectiveness to support its FoSUAS fleet.”

Altavian currently supports the US Army mission to deliver critical, real-time intelligence for troop protection and extended operational reach.

Altavian chief executive officer John Perry said: “The entire Altavian team is proud to be supporting our warfighters.

“It is part of our mission to design and build incredible technology, but knowing that our technology is at work in service of the men and women who defend the US is our highest honour. We are committed to meeting the challenges of this contract and accelerating innovation in the US Army UAS capabilities.”

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Under the deal, Altavian will compete to deliver quality components to sustain the FoSUAS fleet, in addition to delivering upgraded avionics and radios with increased frequency options and a handheld ground control station (H-GCS) to the US Army.

This will provide the army with enhanced capability, resiliency and cost-effectiveness to support its FoSUAS fleet.

In addition, the company will continue to provide direct replacement parts of the RQ-11 and RQ-20 unmanned aircraft to the US Government.

The current contract has a base award period of five years.