In October, Personnel from the Spanish Army’s Paratrooper Brigade (BRIPAC) have evaluated the operability of the Class I Micro Passer UAS system from Aurea Avionics and GMV, a 1.9 kg unmanned aircraft designed to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to defense and security users.
The event took place in October at the Casas de Uceda Firing and Maneuvering Range (CMT) in the province of Guadalajara. In addition to the members of the BRIPAC, there were also staff from the General Directorate of Armament and Material (DGAM) and the companies Aurea Avionics and GMV, developers and owners of the system, in attendance.
The scheduled tests are part of the RAPAZ project, led by the Sub-Directorate General for Planning, Technology and Innovation (PLATIN), to assess the different options of Class I RPAS that exist in the Spanish market.
The specific objective of the session was to carry out extensive testing on the operability of the Passer UAS, performing specific activities to evaluate its detection, recognition and identification capabilities, sound and visual signature, operational ceiling, range, and advanced flight modes, including flight without GPS, loss of communications, and other emergency procedures.
The Passer UAS is a compact system designed especially for the Armed Forces, since its low weight, its vertical take-off, its 60-minute autonomy, one of the highest of its category, and its 6-kilometer communication range make it especially useful in missions where situational awareness is required in ranges of distances that other Micro rotary wing systems cannot reach.
Following in the wake of the Seeker UAS, the Passer UAS combines a product with 100% Spanish DNA, both in its design and its technological development, manufacturing, and maintenance, with a strong international projection thanks to its integration with command centers that meet NATO standards, allowing it to be both a part of the Spanish Armed Forces modernization project and to be fully integrated into the growing cooperation and collaboration of Defense industries at the European level.