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Leonardo supplying radars for Patroller drones

Leonardo is providing radar systems for use on Patroller unmanned aerial vehicles being produced by Safran for the French army.

By Richard Tomkins
The Patroller unmanned aerial vehicle for the French army will feature Leonardo's radars. Photo courtesy Safran Electronics & Defense
The Patroller unmanned aerial vehicle for the French army will feature Leonardo's radars. Photo courtesy Safran Electronics & Defense

Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Leonardo is to supply its PicoSAR AESA radars for integration aboard Patroller unmanned aerial vehicles being supplied by Safran Electronics & Defense to the French army.

Under the multimillion dollar contract from Safran, Leonardo will provide an undisclosed number of the radars and spares, which will be used for Patroller's long-range, over-land surveillance missions.

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Leonardo said the first deliveries of PicoSAR AESA radar systems are expected to occur this year.

Leonardo says its PicoSAR was selected because the company took an open and collaborative approach to working with Safran, maker of the patroller, ensuring that the radar worked perfectly with the Patroller's mission system and was a fit for French forces' needs.

PicoSAR, designed and manufactured in Britain, features an advanced AESA capability. It has been flown on more than 10 different platforms, successfully demonstrating its capability, Leonardo said.

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