Thales to equip the French Forces with Spy’ Ranger mini-re­con­nais­sance UAVs


Thales’s lat­est-gen­er­a­tion Spy’Ranger mini-sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle (UAV) has been cho­sen by the French De­fence Pro­cure­ment Agency (DGA) to equip the French forces. Up to 70 mini-UAV re­con­nais­sance sys­tems (SMDR) will be made avail­able from 2018.

The armed forces re­quire real-time ac­cess to ever more re­li­able im­agery. Spy’Ranger will pro­vide them with a de­ci­sive tac­ti­cal ad­van­tage by of­fer­ing the ca­pac­ity to ob­serve day or night, for long pe­ri­ods of time and at a dis­tance of up to 30 km.

Each sys­tem con­sists of three mini-UAVs, a ground seg­ment and the as­so­ci­ated tech­ni­cal sup­port. Start­ing in 2018, Thales will pro­vide French forces up to 210 mini-re­con­nais­sance UAVs.

The Spy’Ranger is the new ‘eye in the sky’ for the com­bined arms tac­ti­cal group, able to be op­er­ated in a stand-alone mode or con­nected to a C4I sys­tem.

The Spy’Ranger is specif­i­cally tai­lored to the needs of the armed forces, as well as to those of es­sen­tial op­er­a­tors.

The Spy’Ranger, de­vel­oped by Thales in col­lab­o­ra­tion with sev­eral French SMEs, is a mini-UAV de­signed and man­u­fac­tured in France.

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