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EADS Defence & Security Continues its UAV Successes in France

EADS Defence & Security Continues its UAV Successes in France

Source : EADS, July 10, 2008.

  • First batch of 25 DRAC systems delivered to the French Ministry of Defence

  • A second batch of 35 DRAC systems ordered by DGA

The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has ordered 35 additional DRAC mini-UAV close-range reconnaissance systems for the French Armed Forces from EADS Defence & Security (DS).The new orders were notified on 30 June, after delivering 25 Drac systems to DGA. Operator training which was completed at the end of June, will enable the French Armed Forces to deploy the 25 operational DRAC systems in a very short term. Even though the DRAC technology is extremely advanced, the system is very simple to use, which will enable it to be brought into service with the Armed Forces in a fast and cost-efficient manner.

The DRAC Mini-UAV presented in Reims in October 2007.Photo © Joël-François Dumont.

The DRAC Mini-UAV presented in Reims in October 2007

DRAC is based on the TRACKER system, developed in partnership between EADS Defence & Security (DS) and SurveyCopter, which is providing the aerial vehicle and the cameras. DS has specially developed a ground station as well as a high-speed secure data link, which gives the system a genuine long-range capability, even in severe weather conditions. The DRAC system consists of two UAVs equipped with payloads, a compact two-unit ground station and an automatic tracking antenna. It can be packed into two personal rucksacks, thus allowing entirely autonomous missions. TRACKER is one of the mini-UAV systems that offers the best performance available on the market.

The DRAC Mini-UAV presented at the GICAT in June 2006 2008

Following its industrial qualification achieved in 2007, the DRAC system has received the airworthiness certificate of the French authorities, recognised as one of the most demanding in the world. Numerous foreign customers have already expressed a strong interest in this system and a number of export systems have been delivered recently.

EADS is therefore the only European company capable of meeting the requirements to supply both a large MALE (medium-altitude long endurance) UAV system such as SIDM and mini-UAV systems such as DRAC and TRACKER, while at the same time engaging in preparatory work for the Advanced UAV programme along with the German, French and Spanish ministries of defence.

Military Air Systems is an integrated activity of EADS Defence & Security (DS). DS is a systems solutions provider for armed forces and civil security worldwide. Its portfolio ranges from sensors and secure networks through missiles to aircraft and UAVs as well as global security, service and support solutions. In 2007, DS – with around 22,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.5 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2007, EADS generated revenues of € 39.1 billion and employs a workforce of about 116,000.


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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).