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Sagem, RDE and Bell Helicopter Combine their UAV Expertise to Provide a VTOL UAV
Sagem, RDE and Bell Helicopter Combine their UAV Expertise to Provide a VTOL UAV

Paris, France -- (Sagem) June 22, 2004 – Sagem of France, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics (RDE) of Germany, and Bell Helicopter Textron of the United States have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a next generation tactical VTOL UAV (VUAV) to the expeditionary forces of Europe.

The Eagle Eye VTOL UAV at Eurosatory 2004. Hugues Dumont © Photo.

The Eagle Eye VTOL UAV at Eurosatory 2004 - HD © Photo

Sagem, RDE and Bell Helicopter will combine their UAV expertise to provide a Vertical Take-off and landing UAV system that will meet the tactical mission requirements of modern European expeditionary forces. The VUAV system will be based on a modified version of Bell’s Eagle Eye VUAV air vehicle. Sagem and RDE will furnish the ground and ship borne control stations, digital data links, EO/IR payloads, simulators and C4I integration. The agreement will reinforce the interoperability of the companies’ current UAV systems and will ensure the new system fits into and is supportable within the existing UAV infrastructure of NATO and other European forces.

Each company will contribute its unique expertise and individual experience to bring the project to fruition.

  • Groupe Sagem is an internationally based high-technology group. The second largest French group in the field of telecommunications, the third European company in electronics for defence and security, the world leader in fingerprint-based biometrics, the European leader in tactical UAV systems with 6 Sperwer customers, Sagem maintains a presence in more than 20 countries.

  • Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH, with its Land and Airborne Systems, Simulation Systems divisions is one of the leading companies in the defence electronic sector in Europe and in the world. With its long experience and system competence in modular unmanned airborne vehicles for the missions of Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare and Combat, RDE currently is responsible for the comprehensive German system family of UAVs e.g. the target localisation KZO and the Taifun combat UAV. The Bremen based company is a member of Rheinmetall DeTec AG, the management holding for all defence activities, within the Rheinmetall group.

  • Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron Inc, is a leading producer of commercial and military helicopters, and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognised for world-class customer service, innovation and quality products, Bell was selected to provide the Eagle Eye UAV system to the US Coast Guard Integrated Deepwater System program.

Press Contacts:

  • Sagem Press information : Hervé Philippe, Executive VP, Chief Financial Officer: Tel. +33 1 40 70 62 57 - Fax. +33 1 53 23 20 47

  • RDE Press information: Oliver Hoffmann, Head of Press Department: Tel. +49 (211) 473-47 48 - Fax. +49 (211) 473-41 57

  • Bell Press information: Bob Leder, Communications Manager: Tel. +1 817-280-6440 - Fax. +1 817-280-8221

About the Eagle Eye

The Bell Eagle Eye Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) System utilizes mature tiltrotor technology to provide a runwayless solution for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions.

The Eagle Eye UAV flies into the toughest life-threatening conditions so you don't need to. Providing the best recon reports, in the worst dynamic conditions, hour after hover-flight hour, this UAV utilizes mature tiltrotor technology to provide a runwayless solution for the ultimate in ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.)

Working equally well in land based or sea based environments, the Eagle Eye increases battlefield flexibility by allowing military units a view of enemy territory without risking the lives of soldiers.

Needing less manpower, equipment and space, this UAV lowers force structure costs with automated maintenance and operator functions. It is also highly reliable and easily supportable.

Eagle Eye has the space, weight and power to carry surveillance, targeting, Electronic Warfare and lethal payloads. Offering speed flexibility as well as Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL), Eagle Eye is the most versatile UAV on the market.

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : François d'Alançon, Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, Richard Labévière, Pascal le Pautremat, Yannick de Prémorel.
Correspondants à l'étranger : François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (2S), GAA François Mermet (2S), GB Henri Pinard Legry (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).