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DGA Delivers 3 New-Generation UAVs SDTI to the French Army.


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The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has just delivered the last of three new-generation SDTI (interim tactical UAV system) aerial vehicles, ordered in August 2009 from Sagem (SAFRAN Group) under the economic recovery plan. This acquisition, worth 5 million euros, also includes an initial support package (spares and technical documentation). An unmanned aircraft weighing 350 kg, the SDTI does not need a runway to take off and land: it is launched from a trailer-mounted catapult, and is retrieved after a parachute descent, once the mission has been completed. The SDTI can operate for several hours at a distance of about a hundred miles from its deployment site while sending, in real time, images and information collected by its optical (day) and infrared (night) cameras to its ground control station or to terminals operated by the ground troops, The three new aircraft that have been supplied are fitted with lightweight wings to increase their range and loiter times, especially in “hot and high” conditions. Operated by the 61st Field Artillery Regiment, based at Chaumont since 2004, the SDTI is used for missions of intelligence gathering, target acquisition and force protection. Used in Kosovo from December 2007 to August 2008, the SDTI has been deployed in the Afghan theater since October 2008. It has flown over 260 missions from the forward operating base in Tora Surobi.The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has just delivered the last of three new-generation SDTI (interim tactical UAV system) aerial vehicles, ordered in August 2009 from Sagem (SAFRAN Group) under the economic recovery plan. This acquisition, worth 5 million euros, also includes an initial support package (spares and technical documentation).....

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