Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, June 19, 2023. The Greek Army has chosen Safran Electronics & Defense to upgrade the Greek army’s drone fleet, with four new Patroller tactical drones to be added to the country’s current Sperwer drones. NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) was tasked by its Greek customer to enter into negotiations with Safran.
The Patroller leverages over 30 years of technological breakthroughs within Safran Electronics & Defense in the field of tactical drone systems specializing in navigation systems, onboard electronics and optronics. Building on this extensive expertise, Safran develops in France top-flight solutions for mission planning and execution, flight control, navigation, sensors, data links and integration in C4ISR* architectures.
The Patroller is fitted with multiple sensors for intelligence missions on behalf of armies and
homeland security forces. Featuring a number of innovative technologies, Patroller benefits from the
expertise acquired by Safran Electronics & Defense on the Sperwer tactical drone system, while incorporating feedback from nine years of continuous deployment in Afghanistan.
In February 2023, Patroller became the first tactical drone system to be officially certified to NATO airworthiness standard STANAG 4671, applicable to fixed-wing drones weighing more than 150 kilograms. This certification is a vital prerequisite for protection and homeland security missions.
This latest selection, in continuity with Sperwer in service today, and the addition of Patroller to the NATO offers confirm Safran Electronics & Defense’s European leadership in tactical drones. Patroller offers unrivaled versatility, ranging from support for land forces to maritime and border monitoring, enabling it to perform a wide variety of surveillance missions.
C4ISR* : Command, Control, Communications, Computers – Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance
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