Air Platforms

Spain procures Aeronautics Orbiter UAVs

10 October 2018

Spain has selected the Aeronautics Orbiter UAV to help protect its troops on overseas missions. Source: Aeronautics

The Spanish Ministry of Defence has selected the Aeronautics Orbiter 3 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to help monitor its forces' bases during overseas missions.

The Israeli company was up against the Fulmar, designed by Thales' Spanish arm, but its Madrid-based distributor, Aicox Soluciones, confirmed on 8 October that Aeronautics had won the EUR3.1 million (USD3.6 million) deal.

The Orbiter 3 was tested by Spain's Brigada de la Legion at the beginning of 2018 as part of the country's ongoing Rapaz UAV trials programme.

The contract will cover two systems comprising three UAVs each, with logistical support provided by Aicox Soluciones.

The Orbiter 3 was specially designed for the intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) role that the Spanish are seeking to protect their troops on overseas missions.

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