AeroVironment Inc, a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) (drones) for military and commercial applications, has won a contract from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence on 14 for small UAS, upgrades and support services totalling over US$10 million. Delivery is anticipated within six months.

The contract encompasses AeroVironment’s entire range of fixed wing small UAS.

'The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) evaluated our extensive operational experience with the AeroVironment Raven system against competing systems available both domestically and internationally,’ the DMO stated.’After careful deliberation and consideration of total value, DMO decided not only to upgrade our existing analog Raven systems with AeroVironment’s digital data link, but also to procure the complete AeroVironment family of fixed wing small UAS.This builds on our initial investment and equips our forces with the most capable and reliable small UAS in the world.’

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