Patroller Paces On

Sagem’s outoor display area was graced by the presence of the company’s Patroller drone featuring a couple of new mission equipment in addition to its company-made Euroflir 410 gimballed electro-optical sensor ball. Indeed the left wing was home to a streamlined pod housing a Selex Picosar synthetic aperture radar while the starboard wing hardpoint accommodated a sigint pod mock-up.

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Portside view of the Sagem Patroller bearing a Selex Picosar pod. The aircraft’s datalink was recently put through its paces to demonstrate its ability to simultaneously transmit the Picosar’s synthetic aperture radar images and the Euroflir 410 high-resolution pictures to a ground station. (© Eric H. Biass)

More significantly though, Sagem used the show to launch its new “Patroller Cluster” initiative, which is basically a club of French high-technology companies that have the potential to bring advanced solutions to enable the one-tonne drone to meet new near-future challenges in terms of performance, C4I capabilities, propulsion, improved data flow, mission preparation and so forth.

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Despite its English-sounding name, Danielson is a French company and is part of the Patroller Cluster initiative. It has developed this new 140 lightweight diesel engine that has all the features required to boost the Patroller’s capabilities. Aptly named Trident 140, this 140 hp affair was developed from the ground up as a diesel engine and appears to come at the right time if it wants to beef up the Patroller’s high altitude capabilities for potential operations in Mexico’s hot and high environments (© Eric H. Biass).

The Patroller, it was announced at the show, is the core of a co-operation agreement signed between Sagem and Seguritech,  a Mexican security expert company. No details of the agreement were divulged other than the Mexican company’s interest in Sagem’s know-how in surveillance drone technology and techniques garnered over the past 25 years from Kosovo to Afghanistan.