US Army pays Monrovia Company nearly $23 million to build more deadly drones

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

just received a contract from the U.S. Army for delivery of about 300 Switchblade drones. This image is a composite photo illustration made for advertising purposes and not an actual photograph of a news event. (Illustration Courtesy of AeroVironment, Inc.)
just received a contract from the U.S. Army for delivery of about 300 Switchblade drones. This image is a composite photo illustration made for advertising purposes and not an actual photograph of a news event. (Illustration Courtesy of AeroVironment, Inc.)

Few situations are as unsettling to U.S. soldiers as suddenly coming under fire — particularly when they can’t tell where the attack is coming from.

That kind of scenario — which America’s military forces have faced in Iraq and Afghanistan — is one that a local company has been trying to address with its unmanned drone technology.

Since 2011, the U.S. military has been using Switchblade drones built by Monrovia-based AeroVironment Inc.

The missile-equipped drone systems are able to scout out enemy locations, send back the information and then strike selected targets with an explosive payload.

That ability has made the drones a valuable tool to the military. The company just secured a new contract valued at nearly $23 million with the United States Army Close Combat Weapons Systems Project Office.

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SOURCES: News Now/San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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