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LUNA flies in MINUSMA mission

5th July 2016 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The German Army’s LUNA tactical UAS was deployed as part of the MINUSMA mission of the United Nations (UN) in Mali in June, EMT announced on 4 July.

The aircraft, S/N 255, flew for several hours and provided intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for the German armed forces and operational partners.

The LUNA unit from the 6th reconnaissance battalion of the German Army is now UN certified with full operational capability (FOC) status.

The catapault-launched UAS is designed to carry out missions in all weathers, and is able to accommodate payloads such as SAR, high-resolution digital photo or video cameras, onboard data storage and EW. It is recovered via parachute landing.

LUNA has been in service with the German Army since March 2000, supporting peacekeeping missions in countries including Kosovo and Afghanistan. 

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