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Sagem Défense Sécurité leads the consortium chosen by EDA for 'sense-and-avoid' technologies study on UAV systems

Paris – March 22, 2006 -- A consortium led by Sagem Défense Sécurité was chosen by the European Defence Agency (EDA) last February 16 to carry out a study on Long Endurance Unmanned Air Vehicles (LE UAVs), covering “Sense and Avoid Technologies”.

The study, which was awarded following international bidding, aims to develop solutions for increasing UAV presence into civilian airspace, while fulfilling security objectives and respecting aeronautic regulations. UAVs are today only allowed to fly in military airspace or certain restricted zones, which reduces the possibility of using them.

Sagem Défense Sécurité is the prime contractor, with the TNO (the Netherlands), the ONERA (France) and ELSPESA (Spain) as co-contractors.

As a specialized research body, the TNO will draw on its experience in sensor technology, in particular electromagnetics and operational analysis. The ONERA (National Aeronautics Study and Research Office) will contribute its experience in UAV navigability, regulations and electro-optic technologies. As for ESPELSA (Especialidades Electricas SA), it will call on its skills in ‘deconflicting’ aircraft trajectories.

The study will last one and a half years and will make use of the motor-glider Busard, a test bed that is co-owned by the ONERA and Sagem Défense Sécurité. It is similar to a long endurance UAV: it can fly up to 25 000ft (7600m) for 20 hours straight at a speed of 200kph. Moreover, as it can be piloted, it is particularly well suited to the development of new payloads and new UAV operational concepts, while at the same time it can evolve in civil airspace.

The study’ results will contribute to broadening the types of applications for UAV systems. As they can be used safely in all types of airspace, UAVs can partake in missions such as the following: surveillance of borders, critical sites and coastal areas, policing and civil security, and crisis management, in particular peacekeeping operations.

As the manufacturer of the tactical Sperwer UAVs, Sagem Défense Sécurité brings with it its knowledge of the technology that forms the core of UAV systems: navigation and flight control, the visible and infrared gyrostabilized optronic chain, data and image transmission, mission computing and systems integration. Added to this is its experience in making such systems operational.

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About Sagem Défense Sécurité
Sagem Défense Securité is a high-technology company in the SAFRAN Group. As a leading European defense and security electronics company in Europe, its business covers three main fields. Navigation and aeronautics systems, where it is the world leader in helicopter flight control. Optronics and air-land systems, where it is the European leader in surveillance and fire-control optronics. And the field of security, where it is the world leader in fingerprint-based biometrics.
Its equipment and integrated systems are used worldwide, helping to ensure air transport safety, secure data transmission, personal security and governmental defense capabilities at the highest level. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Défense Sécurité is present on all continents.
For further information, please visit www.sagem-ds.com


Press contact:
Sagem Défense Sécurité
Philippe Wodka-Gallien
Press attaché
Tel.:+33 (0)1 58 11 19 49
email : philippe.wodka-gallien@sagem.com



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