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More Sperwer UAVs for French Army

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More Sperwer UAVs for French Army

(Source: Defense-Aerospace.com; published Dec. 23, 2013)

PARIS --- The French defense procurement agency, DGA, has awarded Sagem a follow-on order for five Sperwer SDSTI unmanned aerial vehicles, which will be operated by the French Army’s 61st Artillery Regiment.

The order, first reported by the TTU newsletter, follows an order for two launchers awarded in October.

The aircraft will be manufactured in Montluçon, a company spokesman confirmed, using components produced by other Sagem facilities at Dijon (sensor turret), Poitiers (optical components) and Fougères (electronics).

This latest order will maintain the French army’s tactical drone capabilities through 2017.

It is rumored that the French army may deploy a Sperwer detachment to the Central African Republic to support troops deployed there as part of France’s Operation Sangaris.