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French Army Orders Sperwer Drones, Upgrades More
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Sagem Awarded New Tactical Drone Contract for French Army, Continues to Modernize Fleet
(Source: Safran; issued June 11, 2012)
Although it was widely expected to retire its Sperwer UAVs, the French army has instead ordered five new aircraft, and decided to upgrade its in-service fleet. (Sagem photo)
These new systems will be delivered between the second half of 2012 and mid-2013, and will enable the French army to maintain its tactical drone capability.
At the same time, the DGA announced another contract award for Sagem, this time to modernize the GPS code P(Y) module on all Sperwer drones in service. Developed by Sagem for the Rafale multirole fighter, this GPS module is coupled to the drone’s navigation system, enabling very precise geo-location of ground targets by the Sagem Euroflir 350+ optronics pod.
The Sperwer tactical drone system has been deployed in Afghanistan since 2003 to support NATO troops. For France, the 61st Artillery Regiment has deployed this system since November 2008.
The drones themselves are produced by Sagem’s Montluçon plant. Sagem has produced over 25 complete tactical drone systems to date, including 140 aircraft.
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. Operating across the globe through the Safran group, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 7,500 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.