Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Thales Mini-UAV

The French defense procurement agency  selected Thales to provide up to 70 ‘Spy’Ranger’ Mini-Drone Reconnaissance Systems (SMDR) for the French Army. Induction of the first batch of 35 systems is expected to begin in 2019. The total cost of the contract, with options, could reach €104.3 million (US $108.8 million).

Each Spy’Ranger system consists of three drones, a ground segment (launcher, control unit, and communications module) and associated technical support. Its man-portable configuration consists of two drones and the ground segment packed in two backpacks weighing 25kg each. 

Thales developed the Spy’Ranger system in less than 13 months, under a cooperation Thales established with two small French companies – Aviation Design and Merio.