AeroVironment ’s wholly owned subsidiary Arcturus UAV has won a competitive task order from the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Valued at up to $7m, the competitive task order started on 3 February and has been awarded for a one-year period of performance.

Last month, AeroVironment purchased high-performance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) manufacturer Arcturus UAV in a transaction valued at around $405m.

Arcturus UAV now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary under the AeroVironment brand.

In June, USSOCOM selected Arcturus UAV for the potential $975m indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems (MEUAS) programme.

Arcturus UAV was one of the six companies awarded a seat on the contract to compete for task orders.

The contract enabled qualified members to compete for site-specific task orders and provide USSOCOM with unmanned aircraft systems services.

The awardees are also required to provide USSOCOM with support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.

Arcturus UAV’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Jump 20 UAS offers multi-mission capabilities to USSOCOM operations.

AeroVironment global sales and business development vice-president Rick Pedigo said: “Part of AeroVironment’s expanded portfolio of medium UAS, the fixed-wing JUMP 20 is capable of vertical takeoff and landing, making it completely runway independent.

“Runway independence maximises the ability of customers to deploy the JUMP 20 in a broad range of locations and environments while minimising the logistical footprint required to operate it.

“JUMP 20 is also capable of hosting multiple different payload options, delivering true versatility and multi-mission capabilities to support a wide array of customer requirements.”

Recently, AeroVironment demonstrated the JUMP 20 for the US Army Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) ‘Rodeo’.