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Sagem Defense Securite Transforms Danish UAVs For Canadian Forces

Sperwer CU-161 UAV.
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 05, 2006
The Canadian Ministry of Defence has just awarded Sagem Defense Securite (SAFRAN Group) a contract to standardize Danish Army Sperwer tactical UAV systems according to Canadian specifications. This program fulfills Canada's need to reinforce its fleet of Sperwer tactical UAV systems for its operations in Afghanistan.

Deployed in the Kandahar region since March 2006, the Sperwer system has proven its operational effectiveness on a daily basis in the Canadian forces' missions to stabilize the country under harsh engagement conditions in a theater completely lacking in infrastructure. This is the second deployment of Canadian Sperwer following a first successful mission in 2003 as part of the ISAF.

As proof of Canada's confidence in the Sperwer system, the program will consist of configuring the software and the equipment of the Danish systems (ground units and aircraft) in accordance with the Canadian ones.

Transferring these Danish UAVs will allow Canada to quickly double its fleet of Sperwer tactical UAVs.

Developed by Sagem Defense Securite and manufactured in its Montlucon, France, factory, the Sperwer UAV is a remote-controlled aircraft with a 4.2-meter wingspan, carrying a highly powerful, gyrostabilized optronic payload. With autonomy of six hours, they are launched by catapult and can be used both day and night.

Fully developed and manufactured in France, the Sperwer system is in service in five countries: Canada, France, Greece, the Netherlands and Sweden. It is the European benchmark in tactical UAVs.

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