Sagem and AOI – Air­craft Fac­tory agree­ment on drones

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Sagem (Safran) and Egyp­tian man­u­fac­turer AOI-Air­craft Fac­tory have signed an ex­clu­sive com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment con­cern­ing the Pa­troller sur­veil­lance drone sys­tem, to ad­dress the re­quire­ments of the Egyp­tian Min­istry of De­fense.

Ac­cord­ing to the terms of this agree­ment, AOI-Air­craft Fac­tory could han­dle fi­nal assem­bly of Pa­troller drones in its Egyp­tian plants. The agree­ment also cov­ers sys­tem sup­port and com­mis­sion­ing. AOI-Air­craft Fac­tory will de­velop a ded­i­cated train­ing cen­tre in Egypt to train staff for the op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of Sagem’s drone sys­tems.

De­vel­oped in France by Sagem, the Pa­troller is a ver­sa­tile long-en­durance tac­ti­cal drone sys­tem. It fea­tures an open, mod­u­lar de­sign to han­dle a broad spec­trum of mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity mis­sions, while car­ry­ing a multi-sen­sor pay­load of up to 250 kg, fuse­lage or pod-mounted.

The Pa­troller of­fers en­durance of more than 20 hours, and an op­er­at­ing ceil­ing of 20,000 feet. Sagem has al­ready con­ducted a flight demon­stra­tion on Pa­troller show­ing the si­mul­ta­ne­ous op­er­a­tion of dif­fer­ent sen­sors: op­tronic (elec­tro-op­ti­cal) pod, radar, elec­tronic war­fare (EW) sys­tem, dis­tress bea­con de­tec­tor and au­to­matic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem (AIS) re­ceiver.

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