Thales's latest-generation Spy'Ranger mini surveillance and reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has been chosen by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) to equip the French forces. Up to 70 mini-UAV reconnaissance systems (SMDR) will be made available from 2018. Each system consists of three mini-UAVs, a ground segment and the associated technical support.
The Armed forces require real-time access to ever more reliable imagery. Spy'Ranger will provide them with a decisive tactical advantage by offering the capacity to observe day or night, for long periods of time and at a distance of up to 30km. Spy'Ranger is used in particular to carry out the following missions: provide support to a combined arms tactical group manoeuvre or to an offensive reconnaissance mission; provide a cover mechanism, support the neutralisation of strong points and contribute to firing manoeuvres by providing a "remote airborne eye" able to adjust shooting rounds on a target.
The Spy'Ranger, developed by Thales in collaboration with several French SMEs, is a mini-UAV designed and manufactured in France. Spy'Ranger packs state-of-the-art technologies that provide much better performance.[Full Story.]
Last updated: 10 January 2017