Cassidian sees good prospects for unmanned aerial systems
Analogous to the high demand in the military sector, Cassidian is expecting demand to develop dramatically in the civil sector too.
At the DWT Unmanned Vehicles Forum, at the Stadthalle Bonn/Bad Godesberg, Bertram Gorlo, Sales Director Germany at Cassidian, cautioned that for civil use, “one key development step still outstanding here is certification for flight in controlled airspace.”
As a part of this, Cassidian is in the process of describing the prerequisites and defining the standards that will permit unmanned aerial systems to fly safely through controlled airspace.
The product portfolio of Cassidian includes mission equipment (SIGINT) for high altitude long endurance (HALE) systems, medium altitude long endurance (MALE) systems such as the Heron 1 system for the Bundeswehr (for which Cassidian offers operator solutions in conjunction with IAI), studies for a Future European Male (FEMALE) system, tactical mini-UASs such as Scout and TU-150 through Cassidian Airborne Solutions, a joint venture with Rheinmetall, and even the unmanned mini-helicopter Tanan.