Meet the new French army's drone

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    These types of drones form the backbone of unmanned aerial vehicles.

    Key performance features of the Patroller system:

    • autonomy: 20 h
    • mission payload: >250kg
    • ceiling: 20,000 feet / 6,000m
    • speed: 100 to 200km/h
    • range: 180km (extendable to 500km)
    • landing gear: reinforced and retractable
    • high performance multi-sensor system
    • low logistics footprint
    • automated taxiing, take-off and landing (ATOLS system)
    • mission system update capability
    • operation in civil airspace (see and avoid module)
    • air-transportable,
    • low operating cost
    • reduced implementation team
    - See more at: http://www.sagem.com/aerospace/uav-systems/patroller-systems#sthash.1eX5OwyK.dpuf


    PARIS — The French Army and the procurement office have selected the Sagem Patroller for the tactical unmanned aerial vehicle over the Thales Watchkeeper, with the pick due to be formally approved at a ministerial investment committee meeting next month, French media reported.

    “As part of the program for the tactical drone system which aims to deliver the Army a new tactical drone system, the Patroller from Sagem will win the competition over the Patroller from Thales,” weekly magazine Air & Cosmos reported Jan. 22.

    A contract for 14 units, comprising 10 operational aircraft and four for training, is worth some €300 million (US $324 million), with 10 years of maintenance. That contract value compares to the €350 million set aside in the revised multiyear defense budget.

    http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...-watchkeeper-french-army-drone-pick/79160314/
     
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