Sagem reveals new Patroller UAV variants

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Sagem's Patroller unmanned air vehicle has completed its latest series of flight tests, which it says proved the design can meet a projected mission endurance of 20-30h.

The French company has meanwhile outlined its vision for a product range including three versions of the medium-altitude, long-endurance type. These could be available for around €20-30 million ($25-38 million) per system, depending on configuration, with each to comprise three air vehicles and one ground control station.

First deliveries could be made within 12-18 months of a contract award for the 1t-class development of the Stemme S-15, it says. "We can offer flights for possible customers now," it adds.

© Olivier Lapy/Sagem

In addition to the Patroller R surveillance platform already tested (above), Sagem is offering the aircraft in maritime surveillance and homeland security variants, respectively designated as the Patroller M and S.

Conducted from the French air force's Istres flight test centre between 26 May and 2 July, the recent fourth campaign included 10 qualification flights with a pilot on board, followed by five conducted in UAV mode. Sorties averaged 2.5h in length, but Sagem says fuel consumption was compliant with, or exceeded its 30h endurance goal.

© Philippe Wodka-Gallien/Sagem

Capable of carrying a 250kg (550lb) payload, including a maximum 80kg under each wing, the Patroller R can carry or auxiliary fuel tanks, or potentially Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles or laser-guided rockets, Sagem says.