Selex expands UAS offerings

May 16, 2011 at 7:19 AM

ROME, May 16 (UPI) -- Italian company Selex Galileo reported it has acquired Unmanned Technologies Research Institute, a provider of mini-micro unmanned aerial systems.

UTRI, which has headquarters in Trieste, Italy, is recognized in Europe for its excellence in unmanned technology.

Selex Galileo is a notable provider of Unmanned Aerial Systems, with its Falco vehicle representing Europe's only UAS system exported to date.

Selex Galileo's portfolio of unmanned aerial systems ranges from mini-micro to tactical UAS. The acquisition of UTRI will allow Selex Galileo to further reinforce its UAS capability by leveraging on the growing mini-micro market, it said.

Financial details of the takeover weren't disclosed.

Selex said highlights from the range of new products Selex Galileo will be able to offer include the operational 14 pound mini Vertical Take Off and Landing UAS "ASIO," which features a unique "perch and stare" capability, the micro fixed-wing Crex-B UAS that weighs 4.5 pounds and the ducted-fan VTOL technology Spyball micro UAS.

Selex Galileo's advanced sensor technology, ground control station and state-of-the-art simulation capabilities will further enhance the company's mini/micro UAS offerings.

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