First SDT Qualification Flight by the DGA
(Source: French defence procurement agency, DGA; issued June 17, 2019)
The SDT program (Tactical Drone System), led by the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA), reached a major milestone crossed on June 13 with the completion of the first of the Patroller industrial qualification flights at DGA Flight tests’ main facility at Istres, in south-eastern France.

These flights will be conducted according to a test program common to industry and the DGA. They aim to complete the demonstration of specific points of the system's performance, in particular its optronic sensor ball, and to generate data for its certification.

The Patroller will be one of the first UAV systems in this category to meet NATO standards for aeronautical certification. The expected performance of this reconnaissance drone is very promising, with its 250 kg payload, 14 hours of endurance and a range of over 150 km.

This milestone opens the way for the delivery to the Army by the DGA, before the end of this year, of a first system, namely five aircraft and two ground stations.

Three systems will be delivered during the course of the 2019-2025 Military Planning Law.

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