ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik has received a contract from Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).
The contract is for the delivery of three uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) for the German Navy’s K130 corvettes.
The systems are being procured as part of the ‘Reconnaissance and Identification in the Maritime Operational Area (AImEG)’ project.
The platform, which is known as Sea Falcon with the Bundeswehr, will provide the K130 corvettes with imaging reconnaissance and identification capabilities in the maritime operational environment.
Each drone system comprises two Skeldar V-200 UAVs, a ground control station equipped on the corvette from where the aircraft is controlled, as well as necessary equipment with tools and spare parts.
The Sea Falcon is based on Swedish manufacturer UMS Skeldar’s Skeldar V-200 type.
With a maximum take-off weight of 235kg, it has an endurance of up to five hours.
Sea Falcon is capable of cruising at a maximum speed of 75k and has a payload of 40kg.
The AImEG project will last for a period of four years. It consists of a pilot phase and a series production phase.
The pilot phase involves the development and certification process and will see the UAS adapt to the needs of the German Armed Forces.
It also includes delivery and integration of one UAS into the ship, training the German Armed Forces staff, and other logistic services.
The series production phase will see the supply of the remaining two UASs. One of these will be integrated into a corvette, while the other will be used for land-based training.
ESG said that the overall service will be provided in close cooperation with the company’s industrial partners UMS Skeldar, NVL BV, and CUONICS.