2008-06-08 - Rheinmetall SAATEG HeronRheinmetall and IAI offer Heron TP for SAATEG
Hochfliegende Drohne für die Bundeswehr<br /> Rheinmetall Defence and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have announced their new cooperation agreement on the marketing of the Heron TP UAV reconnaissance system for long-range operations in the Bundeswehr programme SAATEG ("imaging surveillance system for the depth of the deployment theatre") during the Berlin Air Show ILA 2008.
This programme has the task of contributing towards a comprehensive situational awareness within the scope of networked command & control, both over land and on the high seas or at the coasts. At present, the German armed forces do not yet have a MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) drone system that can be deployed for missions abroad in all the corresponding environmental conditions worldwide and on a 24/7 basis. The key requirements for the new system are capabilities for widearea realtime surveillance and situation reconnaissance, target acquisition and battle damage assessment - including object and target tracking - as well as competence for precise identification. The German need must be met in the near-term, i.e. the initial operating capability (IOC) is already planned for 2010.
The Heron TP system meets the requirements specified by the Bundeswehr without any restrictions and, in addition, offers a number of major advantages. In the sensor area, it is equipped with the latest technology and offers a high degree of mission flexibility and considerable growth potential - especially with regard to payload. As a result, the system will make a significant contribution to the safety of the German soldiers in the operational area. Rheinmetall Defence will be responsible for the complete ground infrastructure, ground control unit, interface to existing command & control infrastructures ("Germanization" of the system) and the entire logistics area.