Successful Flight Test Proved 100km Range Capability

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Airspace management will become considerably more complex with the entrance to service of more and more unmanned aerial systems, creating new safety and security challenges and obliging civil aviation authorities to tighten their regulatory demands. 

To meet these challenges, Thales is proposing a long-range, long-endurance UAS developed with the support of the AID (France’s Defence Innovation Agency) and capable of meeting future flight safety, security and certification requirements.

The company has successfully completed the first flight of a half-scale prototype of its UAS 100 long-range unmanned air system. UAS 100 combines world-class flight safety performance with the compact design required for unmanned air systems and complies with future European regulations for drone flights over populated areas. 

The system will meet the requirements of a broad range of missions, including infrastructure inspection, coastal surveillance, border surveillance, event security, search-and-rescue and military operations.

Developed in partnership with Issoire Aviation and Hionos, and with the support of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces via the Defence Innovation Agency (AID), UAS100 will help meet demand for more cost-effective drone missions with a lower environmental impact.

The UAV’s flight avionics combine the certified levels of flight safety and security of Thales’s solutions for the aerospace sector with the low weight and compact design needed for integration onboard a light UAV.

The UAS 100 system will offer range capabilities in excess of 100 km and its jam-resistant navigation system will ensure safe operation even in dense or cluttered electromagnetic environments. It is powered by two electric motors as well as an internal combustion engine, guaranteeing the discretion needed to accomplish its missions and operate over populated areas, while ensuring the necessary endurance and resilience to failure, as reported by