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DSEI 2017: Thales touts further Spy'Ranger prospects

14 September 2017

Thales is competing to secure additional sales of its Spy'Ranger small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS), as it looks to add to the units it began delivering to France earlier this year.

Seen here in French service, the Spy'Ranger is in competition with at least one other potential customer. (Victor Manuel Saraiva Barreira)Seen here in French service, the Spy'Ranger is in competition with at least one other potential customer. (Victor Manuel Saraiva Barreira)

Speaking at the DSEI exhibition in London, officials said that the electrically powered fixed-wing SUAS was currently being pitched to an undisclosed customer, although they declined to provide any further details at this stage.

First revealed in 2015, the Spy'Ranger is a man-portable autonomous system that flies via pre-determined waypoints (although these can be updated during a mission). It has a stated endurance of three hours, a service ceiling of about 16,500 ft, and the ability to operate in all weather conditions and environments (although Thales noted that it is not maritime-capable). It is equipped with a single Thales Spy'Ball electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor turret that is also fitted with a laser designator and range finder.

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