AeroVironment, Inc. has launched standardized modular payload interface kits for its RQ-20B Puma tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
The Modular Payload Standard was established by U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in order to create a modular architectural standard for a range of payloads on UAS Groups 1 to 3.
The payload interface kits enable third-party payload manufacturers, the U.S. Department of Defense, and international partners to develop and integrate payloads onto RQ-20B Puma.
AeroVironment’s interface kit is a self-contained unit that provides all of the mechanical and electrical interfaces required to enable RQ-20B Puma to integrate with new payloads.
The interface kit also enables more rapid integration of new payloads and reduces time and complexity for users to exchange them on the flight line. The kits also reduce government cost for new integrations.
“AeroVironment’s standardized modular payload interface kits enable customer-driven payloads to be rapidly and effortlessly integrated into the thousands of digitally enabled Puma systems already deployed, resulting in a more capable solution that is adaptable to more mission sets at a fraction of the cost of a new system,” said Trace Stevenson, AeroVironment vice president and product line general manager for small UAS.
AeroVironment received an initial firm-fixed price order for modular payload standard kits from USSOCOM in May 2021. Delivery of the kits is anticipated by November 2021.