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Agreement Suggests Patroller UAV Sale to Egypt
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Sagem and AOI - Aircraft Factory Sign Collaboration Agreement On Drones for Egyptian Defense Market
(Source: Sagem; issued Sept 24, 2015)
Riding on the coat-tails of recent large French arms sales to Egypt, France’s Sagem appears to have sold its Patroller tactical UAV to the Egyptian army, which would become its first customer for this self-funded program. (Sagem photo)
According to the terms of this agreement, AOI-Aircraft Factory could handle final assembly of Patroller drones in its Egyptian plants. The agreement also covers system support and commissioning. AOI-Aircraft Factory will develop a dedicated training center in Egypt to train staff for the operation and maintenance of Sagem's drone systems.
Developed in France by Sagem, the Patroller is a versatile long-endurance tactical drone system. It features an open, modular design to handle a broad spectrum of military and security missions, while carrying a multi-sensor payload of up to 250 kg, fuselage or pod-mounted.
The Patroller offers endurance of more than 20 hours, and an operating ceiling of 20,000 feet. Sagem has already conducted a flight demonstration on Patroller showing the simultaneous operation of different sensors: optronic (electro-optical) pod, radar, electronic warfare (EW) system, distress beacon detector and automatic identification system (AIS) receiver.
The Patroller's design draws on ten years of experience with Sagem's Sperwer drone system to support operations in Afghanistan.
Sagem, a high-tech company of Safran, 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 7,600 people in Europe, Pacific Asia, North America and south America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.