France begins production of future tactical UAV
On the occasion of his visit the Sagem (Safran group) facility in Montluçon, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attended the formalisation of the production contract for the Système de Drones Tactiques (SDT) by the Deputy Director General of the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) and the CEO of Safran.
This contract calls for the delivery of two operational systems for the French Army, each composed of five Patroller optionally-piloted aircraft, two ground stations for monitoring and control of UAVs, and related communications equipment. It also includes the acquisition of four air vehicles and two ground stations for training, in France, and the acquisition of in-service support. Finally, it also includes operational maintenance for a period of 12 years.
This equipment will replace the interim tactical UAVs in operation since 2004.