The Spy’ Ranger mini-UAS
Spy’ Ranger is a latest-generation mini-UAS with the “only EO/IR imaging and infrared imagery in real time. The system draws on a decade of experience of micro- and mini-UAV systems with the French armed forces and offers particularly high levels of endurance. It is deployed with the Spy’C automatic command-and-control software already adopted by the French land forces. Designed to operate in extreme, non-permissive environments, this new-generation system gathers and transmits accurate, operational beyond-line-of-sight image intelligence for joint battlegroup and brigade-level units. It is interoperable with France’s multi-sensor image interpretation and dissemination system (MINDS/SAIM) to generate imagery that can be used directly in operational C4I systems for frontline mission planning and multi-sensor manoeuvres by forward units. The Spy’Ranger system is transportable in a tactical backpack and offers a range of different deployment options. The air vehicle was purpose-designed encountered in different theatres of operations and to provide outstanding performance in the critical take-off and landing phases.
Spy’Ranger deploys a high-performance EO/IR imaging system. The airframe is made of a special, patented composite material for robustness and resilience. Based on operational feedback from customers, the system provides an optimal combination of endurance, imaging performance, robustness, resilience, security and life-cycle costs.
Thales is planning to participate for an Indian requirement for upto 200 UAS systems. The company is already in talks with, “a couple of companies in India, checking what we can do with them,” Thibault Trancart, Vice President Marketing and ISR Strategic Projects, stated.
14.5kg aircraft has a range of 30km and an endurance of two and a half hours.