France Launches BOA Demonstrator Program

Released on Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Sperwer B
BOA - Bulle Opérationnelle Aéroterrestre
SDTI - Système Drones Tactiques Terrestres
UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
V2C - Véhicule de Combat de Choc
The French Defense Minister, Ms. Michèle Alliot-Marie, has announced the launch of the BOA demonstrator program to meet future requirements of interoperability between French air and land forces as well as allied forces.

The BOA responds to network-centric warfare concept. The French Ministry of Defense plans to invest more than €60 million ($75 million) in the next three years.

The BOA demonstrator program is aimed at achieving optimal cooperative performance between human beings skills and state-of-the-art technology such as unmanned or robotized systems. Minimizing human workload while operating among unmanned systems.

Syrano is one of the unmanned systems being considered by the French DGA (Weaponry Procurement Agency) for the BOA demonstrator program. Basically, Syrano is reconnaissance and fire control system to locate targets with pinpoint accuracy and transfer that critical data to command posts. The French Army main concern is to get a secure and reliable communications data link between the unmanned platform and manned units.

The ERBC cavalry fighting vehicle, the AMX10RC successor, has been marked by French DGA as the primary platform to benefit from the BOA program. It would operate in cooperation with unmanned systems achieving unprecedented reconnaissance capability as well as beyond the line-of-sight engagement capability. ERBC will use guns, missiles and even energy-directed weapons to counter potential targets.

In the long term, the BOA demonstrator will help to define the V2C (Véhicule de combat de choc/ Impact Combat Vehicle) main battle tank forecast as Leclerc replacement. The Tiger multi-purpose helicopter will also incorporate BOA improvements.

In the near term, the BOA will allow seamlessly integration of manned forces with unmanned air vehicles (UAV) already fielded within the French Armed Forces (SDTI, SIDM) or under development (MCMM, MALE/EUROMALE).


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