Unmanned Vehicles

France chooses Sagem to design the datalink system for tomorrow's UAVs

12th January 2009 - 10:25 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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French defense procurement agency DGA has chosen Sagem (SAFRAN Group) over a field of competing companies to design the datalink system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

According to the terms of the contract - dubbed Lido, French acronym for Drone Data Link - Sagem will define all data links intended for future UAV systems: line-ofsite and satellite links needed for both air vehicle control and operating the onboard sensors.

The contract will apply to all future UAV systems, whether tactical, operative, theater or combat (UCAV). The technologies offered by Sagem will feature innovative, economical bandwidth solutions, plus enhanced protection against electronic warfare (EW).

The Ku-band datalink system for Sagem Defense Sécurité’s Sperwer* tactical UAV system, in compliance with NATO standards, has already amply proven its capabilities in some of the world’s most demanding theaters of operation, especially Afghanistan: reliability, flight safety and ability to seamlessly integrated complex defense architectures for joint-service and/or allied operations.

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