The French army has ordered additional Sperwer UAVs from French manufacturer Sagem. The order, from French defense procurement agency DGA, is for three Sperwers, plus an option for two more. The drones are scheduled to be delivered in 2015, according to a Sagem news release.
Sperwers were used in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2012 by Canada, France and the Netherlands. The French Sperwers are operated by the 61st Artillery Regiment.
The Sperwer is a 3-meter-long, catapult-launched UAV with an endurance of around five hours. Sagem is now developing the PatrollerTM long-endurance tactical drone for the French and global market. The PatrollerTM is designed to operate for more than 30 hours at more than 25,000 feet.