22/02/2021

Saab heads EU industry push for a Saab heads EU industry push for a drone collision-avoidance kit

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Source: Defense News

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  • The European Commission has approved Saab to lead the bloc’s quest for a detect-and-avoid kit that would allow aerial drones to fly safely alongside civilian air traffic
  • European Union officials awarded a $26 million grant to that effect last December, which the Swedish company got approval to announce on Feb. 19. The European Detect and Avoid System (EUDAAS) effort is one of many initiatives under the European Defence Industrial Development Program, which spreads seed money far and wide on the continent in search of promising defense technology
  • Ann-Kristin Adolfsson, who leads business development and strategy at Saab’s Aeronautics business area, called the European Detect and Avoid System a “strategic program” for the bloc
  • According to Saab, the system will entail a “fully automatic” collision-avoidance function, and parts of it would be integrated into the air traffic management system overseeing all flow in a given airspace
  • “The technology will be fully compliant with civil requirements, also supporting safe operation of civil drones e.g. for services in support of deliveries, agriculture and forestry, environmental protection, border surveillance and Urban Air Mobility,” the company statement reads
  • The Eurodrone, developed by Airbus, Dassault and Leonardo, will serve as a test platform for the new collision-avoidance technology, according to Saab
  • Engineers will also test it on lower-flying, tactical drones
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