Oerlikon Contraves wins $30 million UAV contract

The Government of Canada has awarded Oerlikon Contraves Inc a contract valued at approximately $30 million to develop a complete Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system.

The Government of Canada has awarded a contract valued at approximately $30 million to Oerlikon Contraves Inc., one of Canada’s leading systems integrators. The contract is for a complete Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system.

According to a statement, the UAV system will be used by the Canadian Forces deployed with Operation Athena in Afghanistan. The system will provide surveillance, which will serve to enhance the security of the Canadian troops. The UAV system will also contribute to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) through its real-time observation and reconnaissance capabilities.

Oerlikon’s principal sub-contractor for this contract is the French company, SAGEM. They will deliver an off-the-shelf system based on the SPERWER UAV, currently in operational service with five countries. The complete system will include four air vehicles, two control stations, one launcher and associated spare parts as well as training and support.

‘This contract is another major breakthrough for our company as we continue to expand our activities in the defence sector and build on our excellent international partnerships’, said Al Osterwalder, Oerlikon Contraves Inc President and Chief Executive Officer.

‘We are very proud to have been selected by the Canadian Forces for this very important mission and we are totally committed to delivering outstanding products and services to them’, Osterwalder added.