Thales announced recently that it has received a $649,000 contract to deliver an Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) System to the Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre (CFEC) under the CFEC-led Collaborative Mini UAV System project.
Partnered with Thales is Advanced Ceramics Research, Inc (ACR), of Tucson, Arizona, manufacturer of the Silver Fox UAV, the air vehicle that forms the basis of the Mini UAV System.
The Mini UAV System will be shared jointly by CFEC, Defence Research and Development Canada, and the Canadian Navy, Army, and Air Force for concept development, experimentation, and evaluation of UAV training, tactics, procedures, and concepts of operation.
The UAV System is scheduled to be delivered by 15 July 2004 and support services will be provided by Thales until mid-July 2006. Several options are included in the two-year contract that will enable the Canadian Forces to purchase replacement Mini UAV System components, support services and additional spares to meet the project objectives.
“UAVs are already being deployed in operational areas such as Afghanistan by various military forces including Canada’s,” said Dave Spagnolo, Senior Vice-President of Thales Canada.
“They provide near real-time, beyond line of sight surveillance and target acquisition capability. They can also be used to evaluate naval sensor effectiveness, act as a communications relay platform, provide airfield defence, and assess target and battle damage,” added Spagnolo.