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Swiss begin trials for a new reconnnaissance UAS

2nd October 2012 - 11:05 GMT | by Pieter Bastiaans in Breda


The Swiss air force and Armasuisse, the Swiss defence procurement agency, have recently commenced flight testing of two MALE UAS designs, it has emerged.

The Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 and Elbit Systems Hermes 900 were shortlisted by the Swiss armed forces after considering information on 11 different systems by nine UAS manufacturers.

Two Herons underwent a series of tests from 3 September until 21 September. As part of these tests, the all-weather and night capabilities of the Heron 1 were assessed during flights over central Switzerland and the Jura region.

A subsequent series of tests involving the Heron

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Pieter Bastiaans


Pieter Bastiaans

A resident from Breda, the Netherlands, Pieter Bastiaans is an independent defence correspondent and photographer …

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