AAI Corp has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of launchers for the Shadow 200 unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

Under the $12.3m contract, AAI will provide 43 launchers to the US Army.

Shadow 200 can locate, recognise and identify targets up to 125km from a brigade tactical operations centre, and recognise tactical vehicles by day and night from an altitude of 8,000ft.

Work will be carried out at the company’s facility in Hunt Valley, Maryland, US, with an estimated completion date of 31 December 2012.

The US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, will be the contracting activity.