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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sagem Patroller Completes Validation Tests

France’s Sagem said its Patroller medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system completed a series of tests validating overall system operation. The tests, performed May 26 to July 2 at Istres air base in southwest France, included 10 qualification flights in manned operational mode and five flights in unmanned drone mode.

Patroller is a 1-ton class MALE drone system, based on the S-15 light aircraft built by Stemme AG, of Strausberg, Germany. It incorporates technologies developed by Sagem for its Sperwer Mk.II tactical drones, as well as combat experience logged by Sperwer/SDTI drones in Afghanistan. The aircraft is equipped with the Sagem Euroflir gyrostabilized optronics pod and a Ku-band link.
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