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Safran unveils optronics system for tactical drone

PARIS — Safran Electronics & Defense unveiled a new range of Euroflir 410 optronics systems on Monday at the Paris Air Show. The kit to be fitted on the Patroller tactical UAV ordered for the French Army. The three versions of the modular optronics ball will be equipped for surveillance, marking and designation, with the latter using laser to guide an air-to-ground weapon to the target. Safran promotes the system as being built outside the scope of the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and drawing on lessons learned by the French Army, Navy and special forces. The U.S. State Department ITAR regulates the export and import of defense articles and services. Safran's new system aims to deliver an “ultra long range” capability for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The design drew on “an understanding of the operational environment in emergen...

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