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Austrian UAV using L-3 system

Jan. 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM

VIENNA, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The MX-10 electro-optic and infrared system from L-3 Communications of New York is now part of sensor capabilities on an Austrian unmanned aerial vehicle.

Schiebel Aircraft GmBH, which has headquarters in Vienna, said the L-3 Wescam was successfully tested recently as a payload aboard its Camcopter S-100 unmanned aerial vehicle.

After just a few days of installation and integration activities of a joint L-3 Wescam-Schiebel team, the MX-10 flew successfully at a test range near the Schiebel production

facility. The trial focused on the advanced EO/IR capabilities of the MX-10 and enabled detailed observation of the surrounding area.

Schiebel and L-3 said the MX-10 was controlled via the datalink with real-time live imagery transmitted successfully back to the ground control station.

"UAVs are taking on more demanding roles as their maturity increases," said Paul Jennison, vice president of L-3 Business Development. "Adding sensors like MX-10 with outstanding stabilization and HD capability will further increase their utility.

"We are really pleased to have achieved this milestone with Schiebel, as the Camcopter S-100 is clearly a leader in this class of tactical UAVs."

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