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Schiebel uses Selex EW system on unmanned vehicle

Jan. 6, 2014 at 8:46 AM   |   Comments

VIENNA, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- An electronic warfare system by Selex ES has been integrated and flown on an unmanned aerial system by Schiebel, the companies announced.

The SAGE digital system collects information from radio frequency sources, comparing it with data in an emitter library and then identifying and "geo-locating" any threats, officials said.

The testing was conducted last month and involved the system on a Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS.

"Armed forces are facing the two-headed challenge of needing to be able to detect increasing RF threats while having to operate under tighter budgets," said Pete Forrest, vice president of sales for Electronic Warfare at Selex ES. "With SAGE, customers have a sophisticated RF detection and geo-location system available that they can operate cost-effectively on platforms such as the Camcopter S-100."

Hans Georg Schiebel, chairman of the Schiebel Group of companies, said SAGE integrated easily and quickly into the S-100 and is a core component of Schiebel's integrated suite of sensors.

The Camcopter S-100 features a carbon fiber and titanium fuselage. In its standard configuration, it can carry a 75-pound payload for a flight duration of as much as 10 hours.

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