Cassidian produces 1 000th target UAV


Cassidian has reached a milestone with the production of its 1 000th target UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) at its site in Friedrichshafen. The company is exhibiting its UAVs and other technology at IDEX currently underway in Abu Dhabi.

Since 2002, Cassidian has been constructing target UAVs that can be equipped with a wide variety of sensors and transmitters. This includes, for example, infra-red and radar emitters for simulating threat scenarios, such as hostile aircraft or missile attacks.

Stefan Baten, Head of Target Systems: Services at Cassidian said that his company’s target UAVs have been used for air defence training by armed forces for more than ten years. He added that by providing armed forces with the ability to portray complex scenarios, Cassidian can offer them clear added value in terms of tactical combat.

Cassidian’s target UAV department has approximately 60 employees who play an active role in both the production of all types of missiles as well as who handle target practice, including missile launches, retrievals and repairs on site.

The German Armed Forces practise at target ranges in Todendorf/Putlos on the Baltic Sea, in South Africa and in Crete and use all types of target UAVs.

In addition, armed forces from the Middle East, Canada, South Africa and Asia also use Cassidian’s target simulation systems. Beyond producing the guided missiles, Cassidian offers a complete package of aerial target services around the world, ranging from devising tactical scenarios and supplying and firing the corresponding target UAVs, to providing a hit analysis.

Cassidian earlier this month announced that the German Navy has finalised its use of the DT 45 target missile.

Cassidian provides a complete and complementary range of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), from tactical to strategic products, developed in partnership with its customers. This guarantees the success of all types of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions on the battlefield or in civil operations. As a system integrator for 30 years, Cassidian has experience in all aspects of UAS from development up to in-service support.

Cassidian is currently taking part in IDEX 2013 in Abu Dhabi. For the first time, Cassidian is presenting its Virtual Rock Drill (VRD) to the public in the Middle East. The VRD, an interactive terrain sand table that can be used for training purposes and mission planning, is the first of its kind. Cassidian has developed a product that combines training tried and tested over decades using a sand table with the technical possibilities of computer-supported training/simulation.

Cassidian is also presenting its new version of Integrated Battle Management Software (IBMS). It is a consequent evolution of Cassidian Air Defence capabilities, which allows the commander to seamlessly integrate existing Air & Missile Defence assets, manage battle operations and tailor the force package to mission-specific needs. Cassidian said that IBMS is designed for multiple operation concepts from small point defence operations up to large scale joint and combined missions.

Cassidian is showcasing its SPEXER security radar family, a series of high-performance surveillance radars providing automatic detection, classification and tracking of numerous objects on the ground, in the air or at sea at the same time. Combined with optronic sensors, objects can easily be detected even under the harshest conditions.

In the field of Cyber Security, Cassidian is presenting Cymerius, a solution for Security Operation Centres, that ensures business continuity in all situations by monitoring both ICS and business IT. Beside this, Cassidian offers a broad range of services and associated solutions to audit IT systems, build appropriate architecture, define security procedures, perform penetration tests and advanced persistent threats (APT) checks. Cassidian is introducing as well an advanced range of multifunctional firewalls for IP network protection.