The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) will equip the French forces with Thales’s latest-generation Spy Ranger mini surveillance and reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
Thales is to supply up to 70 of the mini-UAV reconnaissance systems (SMDR) from 2018.
Each system consists of three mini-UAVs, a ground segment and the associated technical support.
“Developed by Thales in cooperation with French SMEs Aviation Design and Merio in under 13 months, Spy’Ranger will offer French Forces a number of innovations that provide real capability gains. Spy’Ranger will therefore markedly contribute to the gathering of frontline intelligence and to the protection of forces in operation,” said Jean-Pascal Arrou-Vignod, Thales VP in charge of Optronics business.
Spy Ranger will offer ground units a decisive tactical advantage by offering day/night observation capability for long periods of time and at up to 30 km.
It can be transported in a backpack and can perform observation missions over a period of 2 hours 30 minutes, covering a range of 30 km: which is far improved over current generation mini-UAVs.
Importantly, it offers a gyro stabilized multi-sensor optronic payload that has the highest resolution in the world for this range of platform and its tactical data link, protected to the highest standard, offers high speeds allowing the transmission of a high-definition image streams;
It is well suited to carry out missions such as; support to combined arms tactical group maneouvers or to an offensive reconnaissance mission; provide a cover mechanism, support the neutralisation of strong points and contribute to firing maneouvers by providing a “remote airborne eye” able to adjustshooting rounds on a target.
The Spy Ranger is designed and manufactured in France.