TAI and Cassidian sign cooperation protocol for Talarion

Talarion

Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. and German Cassidian signed a cooperation protocol for the development, production and marketing of the unmanned aerial vehicle “Talarion” in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAS) and German Cassidian signed a cooperation protocol for the development, production and marketing of the unmanned aerial vehicle “Talarion” in Istanbul on Wednesday.

The protocol was signed on the sidelines of the 10th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF’11) in Istanbul.

Talarion is an advanced twin-jet unmanned air vehicle (UAV) system developed by EADS to meet the requirements of France, Germany and Spain for a fully autonomous Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) airborne platform. The program was officially launched at the Paris Air Show on June 15, 2009. The UAV prototype is expected to take to the air for the first time in 2013 with first production series deliveries in 2015.

Each Talarion system consists of three UAVs fitted with a modular sensor/payload plus a ground control station. Military customers will get unlimited control of their missions and the data obtained therein. France and Germany will receive six systems each with 18 UAVs while Spain would order three systems with nine UAVs.

 

Tiaan Roux

Tiaan has been a qualified South African fixed wing commercial pilot since 2005 (with some autogyro flying in the mix as well). Since then he has flown 3000+ hours in a variety of disciplines, from low level survey flying and security operations to bush flying and island hopping. He has also successfully completed the Airline Transport Pilot License exams as well as an ICAO Safety Management Systems course and is a former Aviation Safety & Quality Assurance Manager. He operated various aircraft including the Beechcraft B1900D and Cessna C208B Caravan in South Africa, East Africa, West Africa, North Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. "My interest in UAS began in 2006 in the Masai Mara, Kenya where I met Gary. I have always loved computers, maps, aerial photos and any kind of flying thing so the UAS addiction quickly took hold. Since then my interest in these technologies has grown from just an interest to building and flying small UAS as well as getting involved with sUAS News. It hasn't stopped growing there though, many exciting projects are in progress and still to come. I believe that small UAS are the way forward for, well, everything. In the short term in Africa I believe that the fauna and flora conservation communities stand to gain the most out of these technologies." 

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