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Finnish Orbiter UAS to receive mid-life upgrade

The Orbiter 2 mini UAS in operation with the FDF will receive a mid-life upgrade, bolstering its performance. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

The Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) Orbiter 2 mini unmanned aircraft system (UAS) will receive a mid-life upgrade following a contract signed between the authority and manufacturer Aeronautics.

According to an Aeronautics announcement on 3 April, the company will provide the FDF Orbiter 2 UAS with a comprehensive mid-life upgrade package that includes a full suite of sensors, avionics, and data-processing systems to enhance performance.

Under the terms of the contract, the company will also offer a “transfer of know-how” to increase the FDF level of self-sufficiency and assure maintenance and support capabilities for the Orbiter 2 array over the next decade, the announcement said.

Aeronautics was unable to comment on the contract due to contractual reasons.

Orbiter 2 is a compact lightweight fixed-wing mini UAS intended for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance purposes. It is considered to be a larger and more refined version of Orbiter 1.

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