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Sagem Défense Sécurité Transforms Danish UAVs for Canadian Forces

Sagem Défense Sécurité Transforms Danish UAVs for Canadian Forces

Source: Sagem DS, Paris, September 1, 2006.

The Canadian Ministry of Defence has just awarded Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) a contract to standardize Danish Army Sperwer tactical UAV systems according to Canadian specifications.

  • This program fulfills Canada’s need to reinforce its fleet of Sperwer tactical UAV systems for its operations in Afghanistan. [1]

A flight of CU-161 Sperwer, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), operating from Kandahar Airfield, began keeping watch over South Afghanistan, 9 March 2006. The Sperwer is sent deep into hostile territory where it would be extremely dangerous to send a helicopter. The Canadian artillery also fly the plane from a mobile ground control station and operate the Sperwer’s high-tech camera, side-by-side with 408 Tactical helicopter Squadron’s pilots. [2]

A flight of CU-161 Sperwer, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), began keeping watch over South Afghanistan, 9 March 2006. The Sperwer is sent deep into hostile territory where it would be extremely dangerous to send a helicopter. The Canadian artillery also fly the plane from a mobile ground control station and operate the Sperwer’s high-tech camera, side-by-side with 408 Tactical helicopter Squadron’s pilots. Photo by Sergeant Carole Morissette, Task Force Afghanistan (2 Apr 2006).

Bombardier Jean-Francois Paré (far left), a member of the artillery flies the CU-161 Sperwer, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), from a mobile ground control station while Bombardier Karin Khoudja (foreground) operates the Sperwer’s high-tech camera. Captain Clay Rook (far right) is a Canadian Forces pilot and as the UAV mission commander he is responsible for planning the flights, ensuring that the airspace and fire support measures are clear and supervises the ground control station activities. Photo by Sergeant Carole Morissette, Task Force Afghanistan. [2]

Bombardier Jean-Francois Paré (far left), a member of the artillery flies the CU-161 Sperwer, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), from a mobile ground control station while Bombardier Karin Khoudja (foreground) operates the Sperwer’s high-tech camera. Captain Clay Rook (far right) is a Canadian Forces pilot and as the UAV mission commander he is responsible for planning the flights, ensuring that the airspace and fire support measures are clear and supervises the ground control station activities. Photo by Sergeant Carole Morissette, Task Force Afghanistan (2 Apr 2006).

Deployed in the Kandahar region since March 2006, the Sperwer system has proven its operational effectiveness on a daily basis in the Canadian forces’ missions to stabilize the country under harsh engagement conditions in a theater completely lacking in infrastructure. This is the second deployment of Canadian Sperwer following a first successful mission in 2003 as part of the ISAF.

As proof of Canada’s confidence in the Sperwer system, the program will consist of configuring the software and the equipment of the Danish systems (ground units and aircraft) in accordance with the Canadian ones.

Transferring these Danish UAVs will allow Canada to quickly double its fleet of Sperwer tactical UAVs.

Developed by Sagem Défense Sécurité and manufactured in its Montlucon, France, factory, the Sperwer UAV is a remote-controlled aircraft with a 4.2-meter wingspan, carrying a highly powerful, gyrostabilized optronic payload. With autonomy of six hours, they are launched by catapult and can be used both day and night.

Fully developed and manufactured in France, the Sperwer system is in service in five countries: Canada, France, Greece, the Netherlands and Sweden. It is the European benchmark in tactical UAVs.

Sagem Défense Securité is a high-technology company in the SAFRAN Group. As a leading European defense and security electronics company in Europe, its business covers three main fields: navigation and aeronautics systems, where it is the world leader in helicopter flight control; optronics and air-land systems, where it is the European leader in surveillance and fire-control optronics; and the field of security, where it is the world leader in fingerprint-based biometrics. Its equipment and integrated systems are used worldwide, helping to ensure air transport safety, secure data transmission, personal security and governmental defense capabilities at the highest level. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Défense Sécurité is present on all continents. For further information: www.sagem-ds.com

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[1] Operation ATHENA: Brigadier-General David Fraser, Commander of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (Edmonton, Alta.), is the Commander of the Canadian-led Multi National Brigade for Regional Command South (MNB RC (South) in Afghanistan.  He is responsible for Canadian and ISAF operations, leading a force of about 6,000 soldiers from Canada and seven other nations including: the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the U.S., Australia, Denmark, Romania, and Estonia. He will turn over command to the Netherlands in November 2006. Overall 2,000 CF personnel support the ISAF mission. Among them, a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Unit comprised primarily of personnel from 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron based in Edmonton, AB, and 5e Régiment d'artillerie légère du Canada based in Valcartier, PQ. The Canadian Forces (CF) contribution in Afghanistan to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF): approximately 2000 CF personnel, most of whom serve with Task Force Afghanistan at Kandahar Airfield and Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar City. Additional personnel are assigned to various military headquarters, a support base, and civilian organizations. Among them operates a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Unit comprised primarily of personnel from 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron based in Edmonton, AB, and 5e Régiment d'artillerie légère du Canada based in Valcartier, PQ. Source: Department of National defence, Canadian Forces Website.

[2] Photos by Sergeant Carole Morissette, Imagery Technician, Task Force Afghanistan (2 Apr 2006).

 


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