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A maritime intelligence and surveillance drone model has shown its ability to meet the maritime surveillance needs of navies or European maritime surveillance agencies, as part of the European project OCEAN2020.

Safran’s Patroller maritime version drone showed its interoperability during the demonstration, including the real-time transmission of data from its sensors (radar tactical situation, multispectral videos) to the tactical operations center (at a Swedish army test center in Ravlunda) and to the Maritime Operations Center (MOC) control center in Brussels at European Defense Agency premises.

The Patroller features a modular architecture that allows it to carry a high-performance multi-sensor intelligence payload, adaptable to all types of missions. 

OCEAN2020 is funded by the European Commission within the scope of the European Defense Agency’s preparatory defense research action contract. The project entailed naval exercises organized in the Baltic Sea at the end of August, bringing together 18 partners, including five navies, for the final OCEAN2020 demonstration. It was designed to show that the combined use of drones operating in different maritime environments (air, surface, underwater) would give command centers a better grasp of the tactical situation, according to the company’s announcement.