Sagem has successfully completed its latest series of tests on the Patroller medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) drone to validate overall system operation.

The test carried out at the Istres Air Base in south-west France from 26 May to 2 July, included ten qualification flights in manned operational mode, and five flights in drone mode, without a pilot.

The flight tests were used to validate the performance of the aircraft’s triplex avionics equipment and imaging system, comprising a Euroflir gyrostabilised optronics pod and a Ku-bank link.

During the tests, the drone exceeded 30 hours, met flight parameters, and tolerance for crosswinds on the ground, and its ability to integrate air traffic around the base.

Patroller is a 1t class MALE drone system, based on the S-15 aircraft, certified to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards.

It has been designed to meet the long-endurance surveillance mission requirements of armed forces and joint-ministerial programmes.