2007-12-16 - EADS Advanced UAVEADS to study recce UAV

Studienauftrag für modularen, unbemannten Aufklärer<br /> EADS Defence & Security Division (DS) was commissioned for the study on the risk reduction of an UAV project (UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).

Customer for this study is the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB - Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung) in Germany, which is acting on behalf of the governments of France, Spain and Germany. Through this study, which is being carried out over a period of 15 months, DS is bringing together the capability requirements of the three partner forces with respect to this specific unmanned system and is defining a joint technical solution. The results of this risk reduction study will be taken into consideration for the forthcoming decision about the development of a modular UAV system for reconnaissance, target acquisition and surveillance.
"Closing operational capability gaps in the area of unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance is top priority for both our customers and for industry, as armed forces today are increasingly relying on real-time information. For this study, the three participating nations are taking up our concept to provide a solution that will meet their specific accumulated needs when it comes to such systems," said Dr. Stefan Zoller, member of the EADS Executive Committee for Defence & Security. "We are proud to be driving forward interoperability in terms of common European security and equipment solutions which are important for future perspectives and thus advancing the integration of our armed forces with innovative concepts," Zoller also said. Autonomous, jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicles are the clear solution to meet requirements arising from operational scenarios. On the one hand, these are capable of flying at high altitudes over the mission area for long durations. On the other hand, they are also suitable for low-level flight over enemy territory. In both cases, the jet propulsion ensures the required flight performance and the necessary on-board energy supply for the operation of powerful sensors and datalinks.
The airframes as well as the mission equipment of the various UAV versions are of modular design. A common base platform is used for various operational profiles: On the one hand, it can be equipped to operate as a surveillance aircraft operating at high altitudes with comprehensive imaging sensors and powerful datalinks. On the other hand, the modular system can also fly missions for target acquisition and battle damage assessment fitted with the corresponding mission equipment. Thus, this UAV version can carry out such tasks as those carried out today by the reconnaissance Tornados of the Bundeswehr. The unmanned aerial vehicles are, depending on the respective requirements, integrated into data and command and control networks.
Within the framework of the risk reduction study, Thales of France, Indra of Spain and the DS Business Unit Defence Electronics will study the radar sensor and examine the future joint development and integration of a SAR sensor (Synthetic Aperture Radar) for this UAV.

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