France orders new-generation Sperwer drones and remote video terminals from Sagem
Abu Dhabi, IDEX 2011, February 20th, 2011
French defense procurement agency DGA has awarded Sagem (Safran group) a contract for the modernization and expansion of the French army's fleet of Sperwer tactical drones and associated equipment.
The contract covers the following:
- Three Sperwer drones, to be equipped with Sagem's new Euroflir 350+ optronic observation system.
- An option on five more Sperwer drones.
- Sagem's Remote Video Terminals (RVT), along with the modernization of the RVTs already delivered under a previous contract signed in 2009.
Developed and produced by Sagem, the RVT comprises a touch screen and portable transmitter-receiver, either a manpack version or installed in a vehicle. The RVT is used by forward observers or front-line troops. It provides a high-resolution, real-time display of geo-referenced images sent by the drone, against a digital map background. The RVT features a modular, open and scalable design, and can operate at different frequencies and with different waveforms.
This latest contract will bring the number of Sperwer drones produced by Sagem's Montluçon plant in France to 130.
The French army's Sperwer drones have operated in Afghanistan since the end of 2008, carrying out missions for both French and NATO forces, including intelligence, route reconnaissance and artillery guidance.
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 7,000 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America.
Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.
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