France orders Sagem RVT remote video terminals for direct reception of images from drones

Sagem (Safran group) has signed a contract with French defense procurement agency DGA to supply its new Remote Video Terminal (RVT) to units in the French army's 61st Artillery Regiment deploying the SDTI Sperwer tactical drone(1).

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Developed and produced by Sagem, the RVT recently completed a year of very successful field trials by the French army.

The RVT displays high-resolution images and geo-referenced video transmitted in real time by drones. It gives both forward observers and front-line forces the information needed to evaluate tactical situations and support "short-loop" decision making. By reducing the time needed to receive warnings on surrounding threats, the RVT enhances the protection of troops and convoys, and also confirms fire support orders.

Sagem's tactical RVT comprises a display terminal with digital map, a man-pack carried portable receiver and a vehicle adaptation kit. It features open, scalable, modular architecture to handle different frequencies and waveforms – and is fully compatible with NATO's Rover image distribution system.

Developed by Sagem as part of its upgraded Sperwer Mk II tactical drone system, the RVT can also be integrated in Sagem's new Patroller™ medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) drone.

This initial official order by the French army clearly reflects its interest in the RVT, already combat tested in Afghanistan. The RVT is widely available in export markets.

(1) The 61st Artillery Regiment, part of the Intelligence brigade, has deployed the SDTI Sperwer tactical drone system, developed and produced by Sagem, since 2004. France has deployed the Sperwer in Afghanistan since October 2008.

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Sagem, a high-tech company in the Safran group, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and safety-critical software for both civil and military markets. Sagem is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. It is also the world leader in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems.

Operating across the globe through the Safran group, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 6,700 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America.

Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.

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