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Lightweight Tactical Drone System Reconfigured

Edge Autonomy and Safran have unveiled a new configuration of the Penguin lightweight tactical drone system able to address multiple missions through a simultaneous dual payload capability By Abi Wylie / 21 Jun 2024
Lightweight Tactical Drone System Reconfigured
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At Eurosatory 2024, Edge Autonomy and Safran Electronics & Defense unveiled Lanner, a new configuration of the Penguin Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS). 

The Lanner configuration is based on the field-proven Penguin UAS platform and has been specifically modified to meet the requirements of the SDTL (Light Tactical Drone System) program for the French armed forces. 

In this configuration, the Penguin drone can address multiple missions through a simultaneous dual payload capability, including Electro-Optical/Infra-Red systems, electronic warfare (detection of radio signals or jamming for example), radar, and ammunitions. It can thus carry out land and maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Developed and produced in Europe, the Lanner configuration establishes Safran Electronics & Defense and Edge Autonomy as a European leader in tactical UAVs. This partnership supports Safran Electronics & Defense response to the SDTL call for tenders to equip the French armed forces. 

The capabilities of the two companies offer a unique combination of proven experience and technological innovation for a complete range of tactical UAS capable of meeting the full spectrum of operational needs of the French Ministry of Armed Forces and partner nations.

Josh Stinson, Chief Growth Officer for Edge Autonomy, said; “We are excited to partner with Safran Electronics & Defense to offer a world-class UAS to the French armed forces. 

“The Lanner configuration capitalizes on the field-proven capabilities of Edge Autonomy’s Penguin UAS along with Safran’s system expertise in optronics, PNT (position, navigation, and timing), UAV airworthiness, and mission systems.”

Alexandre Ziegler, Executive VP, Defense Global Business Unit of Safran Electronics & Defense, added; “Safran Electronics & Defense worked with Edge Autonomy to customize the Penguin drone with specific enhancements meeting the unique and demanding needs of the Ministry of the Armed Forces. Penguin is a high-performance drone, combat-proven with tens of thousands of flight hours under a wide variety of conditions.”

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