More Sper­wer UAVs for French Army


The French de­fence pro­cure­ment agency, DGA, has awarded Sagem a fol­low-on or­der for five Sper­wer SDSTI un­manned ae­rial ve­hi­cles, which will be op­er­ated by the French Army’s 61st Ar­tillery Reg­i­ment. The or­der fol­lows an or­der for two launch­ers awarded in Oc­to­ber last.

The air­craft will be man­u­fac­tured in Montluçon us­ing com­po­nents pro­duced by other Sagem fa­cil­i­ties at Di­jon (sen­sor tur­ret), Poitiers (op­ti­cal com­po­nents) and Fougères (elec­tron­ics). This lat­est or­der will main­tain the French army’s tac­ti­cal drone ca­pa­bil­i­ties through 2017.

It is ru­moured that the French army may de­ploy a Sper­wer de­tach­ment to the Cen­tral African Repub­lic to sup­port troops de­ployed there as part of France’s Op­er­a­tion San­garis.

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