The French ministry for Armed Forces have selected the Airbus Survey Copter Aliaca fixed-wing drone systems to equip their ships.
Airbus Defence and Space have announced that mini-UAS subsidiary SURVEY Copter signed a contract with French DGA Armament general directorate to provide the French Navy with 11 systems, (22 aircraft), of the electrically powered fixed-wing Aliaca maritime version UAS, including training and integrated logistic support.
First deliveries are expected in 2021.
“We are honored to contribute to the missions of the French Navy which we will support with the highest standards of quality and reliability. This new contract strengthens SURVEY Copter’s position as a global key player for maritime mini UAS”, said Nicolas Askamp, head of Airbus Unmanned Aerial Systems, in a press release.
The Aliaca maritime UAS is a high endurance versatile system allowing up to 3 hours missions over a 50km range with a stabilised EO/IR payload.
Launched by catapult, the Aliaca maritime UAS concludes its flight by landing automatically using a dedicated net landing solution.
With a length of 2,2m and a wingspan of 3,6m for a maximum take-off weight of 16 kg, the Aliaca maritime UAS benefits from a powerful yet silent electric motor.
The system can be deployed easily and rapidly in less than 15 minutes by 2 operators only.