Milipol Asia 2017: Spy’Ranger debuts in Southeast Asia
Thales hopes the Spy'Ranger mini-UAV will see success in Asia-Pacific, following an order by the French DGA in January. The French electronics giant showcased it for the first time in Southeast Asia at the Milipol Asia-Pacific exhibition in Singapore.
Marc Bour, Thales' land optronic demonstrator and UAV operator trainer, said the Spy'Ranger's winning formula against its competitor is its payload.
'It is the only mini-UAV in the market to live-stream high-definition images in both day and night (infrared) conditions, as well as automatic detection, video tracking, geo-pointing and encrypted data link,' he said. Geo-pointing is a function to command a UAV with just altitude, latitude and longitude coordinates.
Setup requires two operators only two minutes to assemble the UAV without tools, and flying the platform requires only one operator with a laptop.
The electric motor has an endurance of 2.5-3 hours. While the maximum range from the ground control unit is 30km, this can be extended with the laptop and an antenna mounted in a standard sedan. In this way, the Spy'Ranger could be used as a pathfinder for convoys.
Bour said some Asian countries are very interested in the system, but he stopped short of giving specifics.
'With the French Army buying this platform, it puts their special forces at a good level, and it will be suitable for special forces of many countries,' he added.
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