Safran has produced tactical drone systems in France for over 25 years, building on its expertise in all the enabling technologies needed for development and production. Now in service, and integrated in the digital battlefield, drones perform a number of different missions: surveillance, intelligence, early warning, artillery and gunship guidance, protection, maneuver control, as well as threat detection.
The Patroller multi-sensor tactical drone was designed for land forces, operational support and maritime surveillance. Featuring a highly modular design, it can be fitted with a wide range of sensors, and is easily deployed in foreign theaters of operation. Using its own automatic launch system, it can be deployed from an airport without requiring any change to ground facilities, and offers 24-hour endurance with a payload exceeding 250 kg (550 lb). The Patroller carries a new-generation very-high-resolution imaging system, and the ground station is interoperable with NATO control systems and networks.
In April 2016, the Patroller drone won the competition for the French army's new "tactical drone system" (SDT) program contract. In 2018 the Patroller will take over for the Sperwer tactical drone. The military spending bill for 2014-2019 provides for the delivery of 14 aircraft.
Patroller and Sperwer
Safran's Sperwer tactical drone system logged nine years of continuous operation in Afghanistan with the armed forces of Canada, the Netherlands and France.
As the leading producer of tactical drones in Europe, Safran covers all aspects of these systems: aircraft, launch systems, gyrostabilized day/night optronic sensors, mission planning, inertial navigation and flight control, data and image transmission. Safran also deploys a complete production organization that has proven its ability to provide full life-cycle maintenance and also upgrade systems already in service.
Safran Electronics & Defense (military drones): the European benchmark in tactical drones, Safran designs, develops and produces systems and equipment based on state-of-the-art technology. The company's drones can call on extensive feedback from operations by the armed forces of several countries.