French defense electronics company Sagem Defense Securite used the recent Eurosatory show in Paris to unveil a more compact variant of its Sperwer II tactical UAV system: so compact a full operational system can be airlifted into theater in one single C-130 flight.Sagem Sperwer UAV. All photos: Joris Janssen Lok
The in-servioe system takes two trucks to carry the catapult and ground control station (GCS). The new configuration includes a trailer-mounted folding catapult and a new two-operator ground station, installed in a compact shelter (seen below).
To highlight what can be achieved with the new set-up, Sagem showed a miniature model display of all the components of the Sperwer II system that can be flown to a forward operating base in one C-130 flight:
The French company also showed a concept based on second-generation remote video terminals, in which troops riding in a convoy can make use of imagery beamed down by a Sperwer UAV over a tactical VHF link to scan the area ahead for ambushes, possible IEDs or other signs of trouble: