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French military look at UAS-based fog dispersal system trials

12th July 2009 - 00:59 GMT | by in Canberra

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French companies Aquaelicium and RFTronic are hoping to secure an award from the French DGA defence procurement agency by October this year to demonstrate an unmanned air system based fog dissipation service for military airfields.

Contract negotiations commenced in early 2009 with current plans focussed on initial demonstrations occurring in November and December.

The proposed Denebulation des Aeroports par Procede Hygroscopique aux Normes Environnementales (or DAPHNE) system will use an RFTronic Coleo 700 ring wing UAS to seed fog banks with hygroscopic salts, causing them to dissipate as rain.

The proposed demonstrations are expected to occur at military bases in

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