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Premiere in North Germany: Maiden Flight of KZO Air Vehicle Is a Succes

Premiere in North Germany: Maiden Flight of KZO Air Vehicle Is a Success

Meppen -- (STN-Atlas) July 31, 2002 -- STN Atlas once more had its focus on WTD 91 – a technical center of the German Bundeswehr in Meppen: Equipped with new hardware and the latest series-production flight guidance software, the KZO unmanned air vehicle (UAV) for target localization demonstrated compliance with the planned development targets during its maiden flight at the WTD range.

The perfect launch was followed by a 25 minute flight during which the full function of the new computer hardware incorporating the new flight guidance software was demonstrated. Observers were impressed by the high precision with which the air vehicle followed the planned route and reached the specified altitudes and speeds. STN Atlas, an approved manufacturer of aeronautical products, has thus reached an important milestone in the development of its air vehicle systems.

The KZO air vehicle will be operated in combination with the world's most advanced artillery system, the armoured self-propelled howitzer 2000 and the ADLER command system. The complete triad will transform the army's artillery into an electronic warfare system with calibre 155.

The army's combat drone Taifun that is still under development is a further member of the family of unmanned air vehicles (UAV) from STN Atlas. Taifun will be used as an artillery weapon system and is to form an integral element of future concepts and strategies for combat in the depth of enemy positions. Experience gained during initial tests with the Taifun have necessitated further modifications so that the maiden flight of this UAV model will probably take place at the end of August 2002. This is also due to the fact that firing activities have been stopped for several weeks.

The landing procedure employed for Taifun tests is that used for the KZO air vehicle system. Once the UAV has landed with the aid of a parachute and air bags, it is recovered and can be relaunched within less than 45 minutes when the new mission data have been loaded.


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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).