France buys Switchblade 300 loitering munition systems

By Defence Industry Europe

American drone manufacturer AeroVironment received a contract from the U.S. Army for Switchblade 300 loitering munition systems. A batch of the weapons produced under this contract will be delivered to the French Armed Forces.

The value of this contract is $64,5 million.  The number of ordered loitering munition systems has not been disclosed. All contracted Switchblade 300 systems are scheduled to be delivered by July 2024.

“This contract includes foreign military sales of Switchblade 300 for the first time to France and another allied nation, expanding Switchblade’s footprint internationally,” the AeroVironment company said in a press release.

“Switchblade 300 continues to be a critical weapon in the armed forces of Ukraine’s unmanned systems arsenal,” said Brett Hush, AeroVironment’s vice president and product line general manager for Tactical Missile Systems. “This new contract further demonstrates the global demand for production-ready, combat-proven Switchblade 300 missile systems. We’re honored that Switchblade 300 continues to support the U.S. military and our allies.”

AeroVironment’s combat-proven Switchblade 300 loitering systems have been deployed by the U.S. Army for more than a decade and are currently providing real-time ISR and precision strike support on battlefields in Ukraine, the company highlighted in a press release.



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