Austria buys Tracker UAV system from Cassidian
The Austrian Ministry of Defence has revealed the order for 6 Tracker mini unmanned air systems (18 aircraft).
After evaluation of the mini-UAS operation in accordance with the Austrian Armed Forces capability development plan, a further procurement of mini-UAS is intended between 2016 and 2017.
The competition for this contract was won by Survey Copter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cassidian, in cooperation with the Kapsch Group, a Vienna headquartered international road telematics, information technology and telecommunications company.
The Tracker can be deployed for missions including detection, reconnaissance, identification, classification, tracking, over-the-hill targeting, target or axis designation, special force and anti-terrorism action, littoral / border control, force protection, convoy support, dismounted warfighter missions and Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT). Following a pre-programmed and reconfigurable plan in the course of the mission, the Tracker flies entirely automatically, which enables the operators to devote themselves to their reconnaissance assignment
Composed by an aircraft and a ground station, the short-range mini-UAS Tracker is a hand-launched system, carried as a backpack. The ground station, consisting of two PCs and control units with joysticks, is coupled to a data link antenna tracking the aircraft in real-time.