Two new, third generation UAV launchers delivered by Robonic Ltd, of Tampere, Finland, to EADS in August, saw their first active service in Putlos, Germany in early September. The launchers were used to launch the EADS-Germany DO-DT 25 jet engine targets during a German Army exercise.
“This new launcher type allows a wide selection of UAVs to be launched at high velocity in quick succession when so required. The design provides for autonomous operation, which, coupled with transportability even in a standard 20 foot container, eases the logistic demand on the end-user”, said Robonic’s Managing Director, Mr. Juha Moisio.
The launchers are the first series-produced 3rd-generation design. This design accommodates multiple requirements of the customer, and similar launchers have been proposed to the UK CATS programme.
Robonic is offering the same and similar systems to other UAV manufacturers and suppliers.
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Robonic Ltd Oy, based in Tampere, Finland, is an independent engineering company with a twenty year track record of pneumatic UAV launching technology. It has previously delivered launchers to the Dutch Armed Forces for target purposes and to the Finnish Defence Forces for both reconnaissance and target purposes
Robonic provides a complete product range for UAVs with launch weights from 50kg to 1,000kg, and up to a maximum launching power of 8,500kW.
Robonic launcher systems see use both with propeller and jet engine high-performance target UAVs. Modular designs cover all the main applications, including trailer- and truck- mounted, semi-mobile and fully stationary concepts.
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The Defence and Communications Systems (DCS) Business Unit is the “Systems House” of EADS and is an integrated part of the EADS Defence and Security Systems Division (DS).
DS, with revenues of about € 5.2 billion in 2003 and roughly 24,000 employees across nine nations, forms the defence pole within EADS. It offers integrated systems solutions to the new challenges confronting armed forces and homeland security units. It is active in the areas of military aircraft, missile systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems with manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battlefield management systems, defence electronics, sensors and avionics, and related services. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2003, the Group generated revenues of over € 30 billion and employed a workforce of more than 109,000.
The target activities of EADS include the development and production of drones such as Do- DT25 and Do- DT35 in single and twin jet engine configurations, as well as the tow target Do-SK6 family and radar miss distance indicators.
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