Egypt looks set to field the Sagem (Safran) Patroller medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), after the manufacturer signed a collaboration agreement with a domestic partner to address the requirements of the country's Ministry of Defence.
The agreement, which was announced by Sagem on 24 September, will see the French defence company team with Egypt's AOI-Aircraft Factory for the in-country final assembly and support of the Patroller MALE UAV. The agreement also covers the setting up of a dedicated training centre in Egypt to train staff for the operation and maintenance of Sagem's portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems.
The Patroller UAV, which utilises a Stemme S15 motor glider as the platform aircraft, is designed to operate autonomously for up to 30 hours at an operational altitude of 20,000 ft. The turboprop aircraft is powered by one 84.6 kW (113.4 hp) Rotax 914 F turbocharged flat-four engine, giving it a maximum speed of 300 km/h. In terms of range, the Patroller's line-of-sight datalinks afford it a radius of operation of 108 n miles (200 km; 124 miles), while its satellite communications link means it can operate out to 1,080 n miles (2,000 km; 1,242 miles).
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