Honeywell, Thales Sign UAV Pact

By Tish Drake | July 14, 2008
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Honeywell signed an agreement with Thales to market the Honeywell unmanned Micro Air Vehicle to military organizations in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to the agreement, announced at this week’s Farnborough Air Show, Thales will offer the Micro Air Vehicle as a stand-alone UAV or as part of larger military programs. “Honeywell’s Micro Air Vehicle has demonstrated versatility in the field and the value of the real-time surveillance data it provides,” said Mike Cuff, Honeywell vice president, helicopters and surface systems. “Now we are teaming with Thales to bring this combat-proven experience to the end-users, to help meet their requirements and customization needs. This includes military organizations in France, German and the U.K. that require a valuable surveillance asset.” The Micro Air Vehicle is equipped with video cameras that relay information using a portable handheld terminal. The circular vehicle, which weighs about 16 pounds and measures 13 inches in diameter, operates like a small remote-controlled helicopter and can easily fly down to inspect hazardous areas for threats.

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