Thales launches Watch­keeper X


Thales’s new mod­u­lar Watch­keeper X sys­tem re­flects a grow­ing need for high-end mil­i­tary-stan­dard In­tel­li­gence, Sur­veil­lance, Tar­get Ac­qui­si­tion and Re­con­nais­sance (IS­TAR) ca­pa­bil­ity to wider mar­kets. This mod­u­lar un­manned air­craft sys­tem of­fers a range of op­tions that can be adapted to spe­cific op­er­a­tional re­quire­ments. The ver­sa­tile sys­tem is ideal for pro­vid­ing high-per­for­mance IS­TAR over a wide range of air, land and mar­itime sce­nar­ios but can now also pro­vide covert, rapid re­ac­tion to threats if re­quired. Thales aims to de­liver Watch­keeper X through col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal in­dus­tries and part­ner­ships. This unique ap­proach to un­manned air­craft sys­tems means that Thales can help to build a truly sov­er­eign ca­pa­bil­ity for our cus­tomers.

At the heart of Watch­keeper X re­mains a fully cer­ti­fied, com­bat proven, high-per­for­mance un­manned air­craft sys­tem. Build­ing on this solid foun­da­tion, Thales now of­fers a range of op­tions in sen­sors, ex­ploita­tion, mo­bil­ity and ef­fec­tors, which can be in­te­grated, up­graded or adapted to make this a fully flex­i­ble, mod­u­lar ca­pa­bil­ity to­day and in the fu­ture.

With its fast de­ploy­ment, high en­durance, flex­i­ble pay­loads and pre­ci­sion strike, Watch­keeper X will re­spond to the grow­ing need for IS­TAR ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Whilst built to the same stan­dards as a manned air­craft, it is highly trans­portable and its mod­u­lar de­sign means it can be adapted and up­graded for spe­cific op­er­a­tional re­quire­ments.

“Watch­keeper X is based on a ground-break­ing, world lead­ing un­manned air­craft sys­tem that was de­signed specif­i­cally for the re­quire­ments of the Bri­tish Army. There is no other ca­pa­bil­ity like it avail­able in to­day’s mar­ket. We have now taken the knowl­edge and ex­per­tise that we have gained over the history of the pro­gramme and looked at how we can make it more flex­i­ble, ef­fec­tive and read­ily avail­able for our cus­tomers, to help them ad­dress the dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tional con­texts they may face,” said Pierre Eric Pom­mel­let, Thales Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, De­fence Mis­sion Sys­tems.

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