Austrian Armed Forces select the Cassidian "Tracker" mini unmanned air systems

Elancourt, (PresseBox) - .
- This contract marks the first operational deployment of mini unmanned air systems with the Austrian Armed Forces.

The Austrian Ministry of Defence revealed the order for 6 Tracker mini unmanned air systems (18 aircraft). After evaluation of the mini-UAS operation in accordance with the Austrian Armed Forces capability development plan, a further procurement of mini-UAS is intended between 2016 and 2017.

The competition for this contract was won by Survey Copter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cassidian SAS, responsible for the development and manufacturing of miniature aircraft and helicopter UAVs, in cooperation with the Kapsch Group, a Vienna headquartered international road telematics, information technology and telecommunications company.

The Tracker can be deployed for missions including detection, reconnaissance, identification, classification, tracking, over-the-hill targeting, target or axis designation, special force and anti-terrorism action, littoral / border control, force protection, convoy support, dismounted warfighter missions and Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT). Following a pre-programmed and reconfigurable plan in the course of the mission, the Tracker flies entirely automatically, which enables the operators to devote themselves to their reconnaissance assignment

"We are very proud to have been selected to introduce mini unmanned air systems with the Austrian forces, a further mark of Cassidian and Survey Copter european's credibility and leadership in this particularly fast-growing sector" said Jean-Marc Masenelli, Managing Director of Survey Copter.

Composed by an aircraft and a ground station, the short-range mini-UAS Tracker is a hand-launched system, carried as a backpack. The ground station, consisting of two PCs and control units with joysticks, is coupled to a data link antenna tracking the aircraft in real-time.

Increasing the situational awareness and reconnaissance capabilities, the Tracker features an advanced ergonomic man-machine interface (MMI), automatic and safe procedures, low-noise electric engines and is optimised to provide stealthy intelligence gathering capabilities for military, security and civil authorities. The system's uniquely comprehensive technical features include visible-light and infra-red high-resolution cameras integrated in a three-axis gyro-stabilised plug and play turret called the "T120", specifically developed by Survey Copter.

About Survey Copter (www.survey-copter.com)

Survey Copter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cassidian SAS, is responsible for the development and manufacturing of miniature aircraft and helicopter UAVs. With a fleet of around 400 UAVs, Survey Copter is undoubtedly the French leader, and one of the foremost global leaders for this type of system.

Airbus Defence and Space

Cassidian, the defence division of EADS, is a worldwide leader in defence and security solutions. The company delivers advanced defence systems along the whole action chain from sensors through command & control systems to combat aircraft and unmanned air systems. In the area of security, Cassidian provides customers worldwide with border surveillance systems, cyber security solutions and secure communications. In 2012, Cassidian - with around 23,000 employees - achieved revenues of € 5.7 billion.

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