- CApacité drone RAPide AntileurreS
- Electronic Intelligence
- Electronic Support Measures
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
EADS Defense and Communications systems (an EADS subsidiary) has been selected
by French DGA (French Armaments Procurement Agency) to build the fast UAV
The expertise gained with the CARAPAS demonstrator program will be applied to
define requirements specification for the Multi Sensors Multi Missions Program.
The CARAPAS Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) demonstrator includes the UAV, mission
sensors, data links and associated ground segment. These elements will ensure
mission planning, flight monitoring, mission exploitation and data fusion.
According to EADS, CARAPAS demonstrator will leverage technology and operational
experience from Galileo Avionica Mirach 100-5 aerial target drone. Galileo
Avionica is a partner for the CARAPAS program.
CARAPAS specifications consists of flight speeds ranging from Mach 0.25 to 0.65
(80 to 220 m/s), a range of 600 km and a payload of 60 kg for reconnaissance
missions. The CARAPAS payload can include a passive wide area surveillance ESM/ELINT
package and an Electro Optical Infrared (EO/IR) sensor for reconnaissance and
identification of ground targets by day, night and adverse weather conditions.
The CARAPAS demonstrator will be ready in 18 months in late 2005. A typical
mission will be a high speed flight at medium or high altitude while the ESM/ELINT
payload detects, locates and identifies all active transmitters in a wide area
beneath the flight path across a large range of frequencies. Potential
transmitter correlation by EO/IR sensors will be carried out with CARAPAS flying
at low altitude.
Correlation of data provided by ESM/ELINT sensors through EO/IR payloads is
envisaged as the only realistic way to counter decoys that could be deployed to
protect the transmitter achieving precise location of a potential target.
Anti-decoy capability is a critical milestone for the CARAPAS demonstrator
The CARAPAS anti-decoy reconnaissance UAV demonstrator is intended for the
French Army and could operate in conjunction with other larger UAVs owned by the
French Air Force.
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