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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: CU-161, SDTI and Ugglan
Origin: France
Corporations: Sagem Defense Securite
Parent System: Sperwer
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 130
Family Members: Sperwer B and Sperwer-HV
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Description: The Sperwer, also known as Ugglan in Sweden and CU-161 in Canada, is a modular, low observable, multi-mission, delta-wing unmanned air vehicle (UAV) designed to provide real time Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition an Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities in support of land forces. Sagem Defense Securite developed this UAV system in response to the French Army's SDTI (Système de Drones Tactiques Intérimaire or Interim Tactical UAV System) program. The Sperwer UAV family offering more than six hours of flight endurance includes the basic version, a high speed low altitude drone variant and a long endurance variant known as Sperwer B.

The Spervwer air vehicle utilizes a vehicle-mounted ramp for taking off and a combination of parachute and airbags for landing. Its payload includes the synthetic aperture radar (SAR), electronic warfare (EW), communications relay or EUROFLIR optronic gimbaled pod that may include daylight CCD-TV sensor, laser designator/rangefinder and/or day/night Infrared imagery sensor. A single Sperwer system includes a ground control station, ground data terminal with the tactical data link, a vehicle integrated with a catapult launcher and air vehicles. The ground control station can control two air vehicles at the same time.

The Sperwer air vehicle offers a 50 kg payload with a flight endurance of six hours over ranges up to 200 kilometers. It entered service with the French Army in 2001 receiving several export orders from European customers in the following years. In August 2003, Canada ordered the Sperwer UAV system worth $30 million in support of operation Athena in Afghanistan. The Canadian armed forces received from Oerlikon Contraves Inc. (acting as Sagem subcontractor) four Sperwer UAVs, two ground control stations, one launch vehicle and spare parts and logistics support.

Sperwer Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Engines: 1
Length: 3.50 meter (11.5 foot)
Wingspan: 4.20 meter (13.8 foot)
Ceiling: 15,000 foot (4,572 meter)
Max Range: 400 kilometer (216 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 65 hp (48 kW)
Cruise Speed: 90 knot (167 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 130 knot (241 kph)
Flight Endurance: 6 hour (0.25 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 330 kilogram (728 pound)
Payload: 50 kilogram (110 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Sperwer News

There are 12 news between
15 Jun 2004 and 5 Apr 2016
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016French Army Orders 14 Patroller Unmanned Aircraft
Monday, June 11, 2012French Army Orders Five Additional Sperwer II UAV Systems
Monday, February 27, 2012Sagem Wins Maintenance Contract for Sperwer Drones Deployed by French Army
Sunday, February 20, 2011France Orders Upgraded Sperwer Drones and Remote Video Terminals
Tuesday, October 26, 2010Sagem to Supply NATO Interoperable Bays for French Army's Sperwer UAVs
Tuesday, July 6, 2010Patroller Long-Endurance Surveillance Drone Completes Fourth Series of Tests
Monday, June 14, 2010France Orders Sagem RVT Remote Video Terminals for Direct Reception of Images From Drones
Wednesday, May 5, 2010Patroller UAV Successfully Completes Third Series of Test Flights
Monday, June 15, 2009DGA Acquires Three New Generation SDTI UAVs for the French Army
Thursday, May 7, 2009French Army Tests Sperwer Mk II Tactical Terminal

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