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Saab delivering U.S.-made quadcopter drones to Swedish Police

U.S-made small unmanned helicopters are being delivered to the Swedish Police by Saab.

By Richard Tomkins
Aerovironment's Qube unmanned quadcopter. Screenshot via Aerovironment/YouTube
Aerovironment's Qube unmanned quadcopter. Screenshot via Aerovironment/YouTube

LINKOPING, Sweden, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Saab is to deliver U.S.-made unmanned Qube quadcopters to the Swedish Police this year, the company reports.

Three Qube quadcopters from AeroVironment will be delivered. Each unmanned helicopter system features day/night sensors and a ground control station.

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Saab said spare parts, consumables, documentation, training and technical support are part of the contract which will be in effect until 2018.

"This move to provide unmanned systems to support government services gives us a good foundation to evolve this technology further," said Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab's Support and Services business area. "The contract also strengthens our support and maintenance services for civil security applications."

The value of the contract to supply the aircraft was not disclosed.

The Qube unmanned helicopter is a portable, packaged system that fits in the trunk of a car and can be assembled and ready for flight in less than five minutes. It features dual high-resolution color and thermal cameras, 40 minutes of endurance, a range of 0.62 miles and an operational altitude up to 500 feet.

Saab has extensive experience with unmanned aerial vehicle systems. Since the mid-1990s Saab has been responsible for systems and support for the Swedish Army's UAV Ugglan, UAV Ornen and SUAV Falken.

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