INDRA and EADS CASA provide the Spanish Army with a new intelligence system to support their troops in Afghanistan.
Two Spanish companies, having temporarily teamed for the project and public bid, won the contract worth about 17 Million Euro.
Madrid, 18 May 2007
INDRA and EADS CASA Military Air Systems have been selected by the Spanish Ministry of Defence to provide the Spanish Army with a sensorized autonomous intelligence platform (PASI – plataforma autónoma sensorizada de inteligencia) in order to support the Spanish troops in Afghanistan. The system will comprise a ground control station, a ground data terminal, four unmanned aerial vehicles, a launch and recovery system, three remote video terminals (RVT), and three complete equipment sets for mission planning and debriefing.
The selected model of unmanned aerial vehicle, the Israeli Searcher MK II, meets the requirements of the Spanish Armed Forces, being a field-tested and proven tactical platform, equipped with optical and infrared video cameras (MOSP - Multi-purpose Optical Stabilized Payload) that provide real-time data transfer. It operates at a maximum altitude of 20.000 feet, offers flight endurance up to 15 hours and a radio link range of up to 250 km.
The ground control station will be equipped with reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition capabilities and will dispose of an automated target tracking function for fixed and mobile targets. The air-deployable system will be operable day and night.
INDRA and EADS CASA MAS, who have formed a temporary joint venture on this occasion, will supply the required logistic support such as maintenance facilities and the complete simulation and instruction equipment. The two companies, in collaboration with the Spanish company ARIES Ingenieria y Sistemas, will also take care of the user’s training, the Spanish Army, and will guarantee the support in Afghanistan during the warranty period.
Indra is Spain’s Information Technologies and Defence systems leader company and one of the most important in the European market with forecast revenues of more than €2,100 M for the current financial year and has developed projects in more than 80 countries. A solid technology base, permanent innovation, quality in processes and results and demanding management are the pillars sustaining Indra’s success.
Military Air Systems, an integrated Business Unit of the EADS Defence & Security Division (DS) is the centre of competence for all manned and unmanned flying weapon systems within EADS. DS is a systems solutions provider combining military air systems, missile systems, communications and intelligence systems, global security solutions, sensor and avionics systems, as well as test and support solutions into a single effective network. In 2006, DS – with its around 23,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.9 billion.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006, EADS generated revenues of € 39.4 billion and employs a workforce of about 116,000.
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