March 9, 2021

ArcturasJump20 400x275AeroVironment, which develops unmanned aircraft systems, has announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Arcturus UAV, was awarded a competitive task order valued at approximately $7 million from the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The task order is for a one-year period, which started on Feb. 3, 2021

USSOCOM selected Arcturus UAV as one of six companies that qualified for a potential $975 million Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract in June 2020. The contract enables awardees to compete for site-specific task orders and provide the group with unmanned aircraft systems services and support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.

“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,” said Rick Pedigo, AeroVironment vice president of global sales and business development. “Runway independence maximizes the ability of customers to deploy the JUMP 20 in a broad range of locations and environments while minimizing 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.”

AeroVironment recently successfully demonstrated the JUMP 20 for the U.S. Army Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) “Rodeo”, which took place from February 22 through March 5 at Fort Benning, Georgia.


AeroVironment’s portfolio of intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems includes small footprint, runway-independent unmanned aircraft systems. The JUMP 20, T-20 and Puma LE provide extended range, multi-payload capabilities, and the Puma RQ-20, Raven RQ-11B, Wasp RQ-12A, VAPOR Helicopter and automated Quantix Recon deliver highly tactical, frontline situational awareness. More details are available at the AeroVironment website.