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DGA to procure 3 next-generation SDTI UAVs for French Army

15th June 2009 - 18:40 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


As part of the Economic Recovery plan, the DGA (French defence procurement agency) has initiated the procurement of three next generation unmanned aerial vehicles. These new UAVs will be fitted with lighter wings enabling enhanced autonomy, especially at high altitudes and temperatures. They should be delivered in early 2010. 

This new version of the SDTI intermediate UAV is on display at the Paris Air show. Personnel from the 61st Artillery Regiment, who fly this equipment, will outline the SDTI’s operational use.

Deployed in Afghanistan since October 2008, the SDTI carried out its 100th reconnaissance mission on 15 May from the forward operational base of Tora, Surobi.

The SDTI, operated by the Army since 2004, is not only used for intelligence and target acquisition for field artillery, but also in the force protection role. 


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