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Greece Orders Two Additional Sperwer UAV Systems From Sagem Defense

File photo: Sperwer UAV.
by Staff Writers
Eurosatory, Villepinte (SPX) Jun 14, 2006
The Greek Armed Forces have just ordered two additional Sperwer tactical UAV systems from Sagem Defense Securite. Two initial systems were delivered at the end of 2004 and the beginning of 2006; they have been in use by the Greek Army - for the first time - since mid 2005.

The Sperwer systems' configuration has been adapted to the mountainous terrain in Greece by adding aerial relay functions, carried out by a second UAV. This allows a direct link to be maintained with the aircraft ahead (up to a distance of 200km), while preserving the high resolution of images.

The Sperwer tactical UAV system is used today by our clients, in particular in several theaters of operations by multinational forces for peackeeping missions.

Developped by Sagem Defense Securite, the Sperwer UAV is a remote-controlled aircraft with a 4.2 meter wingspan, carrying a highly sophisticated optronic payload. Launched by a catapult, operating night and day, the aircraft is then remotely controlled by an operator in a ground control station.

The Sperwer drone system is 100% developed and produced in France. Including Greece, it has also been chosen by five other nations to date: Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, France and Canada. Already deployed by Canadian forces in Afghanistan, it is now the benchmark in tactical UAVs and the flagship of France's product and service offering in this fast-growing market.

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